Cruel but Not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families by Ramona Alaggia PhD, Cathy Vine

By Ramona Alaggia PhD, Cathy Vine

Violence in households and intimate relationships impacts an important percentage of the population—from very little ones to the aged. even if not anyone is proof against violence, a few teams are quite weak. merciless yet commonplace: Violence in Canadian households is the 1st e-book to provide a countrywide survey of the most recent examine and perform, and it displays at the patriarchal roots and societal stipulations in Canada that experience ended in the long-standing abuse of ladies and kids. whereas feminist theories supply an overarching framework, a wide diversity of ways is accessible to check and reply to serious points of this critical social challenge. subject matters contain: systemic oppression of Aboriginal households and groups; violence in a francophone minority context; baby corporal punishment; abuse within the lives of individuals with disabilities; the objectification of older adults; mom blaming; intimate violence in same-sex relationships; and new methods to fixing the matter of violence in Canadian households.

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These stereotypes encourage polarized thinking and labeling, rather than more holistic solutions which take many variables into consideration. (MacLeod, 1989, p. 10) [ i–1 ] Baskin / Systemic oppression, violence, and healing 19 Prevalence of violence According to the Ontario Native Women’s Association (onwa, 1989), the incidence of family violence in Aboriginal communities is eight times higher than the average for Canadian society as a whole. In a survey on family violence conducted by onwa (1989), 84 percent of respondents indicated that family violence occurs in their communities.

The victim is “essentialized,” and her subjectivity is important only as it fits within the confines of the system. Her own voice, her experience, and her damage may be lost. (McGillivray & Comaskey, 1999, p. 112) Many Aboriginal women living in abusive relationships who have children feel further disempowerment and fear from the very systems that are supposed to protect children. These systems include mandated Aboriginal child welfare agencies which must abide by the same legislation as all other child welfare organizations.

24 Baskin / Systemic oppression, violence, and healing [ i–1 ] Specific practices of assimilation were the outlawing of traditional Aboriginal ceremonies, the enforced training of men to become farmers and women to become domestics, and a systematic indoctrination of Christian theory and practice through the residential school system. The establishment of residential schools was rationalized by the assertion that these institutions would make Aboriginal children competitive with whites—moral, industrious, and self-supporting.

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