A STUDY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY IN PRESTON AND SURROUNDING AREAS

ABSTRACT

This study examines the use of the Preston Domestic Violence Service (PDVS) by the African-Caribbean community in Preston and surrounding areas. It begins with a summary of relevant literature, before presenting research conducted in Preston (2013), which shows how the local African-Caribbean community is reluctant to use the PDVS, but endeavours to seek help in other areas of the community. Additionally, the study reveals that some of the younger generation of African-Caribbean women and men will not tolerate domestic violence and therefore remove themselves from the situation early on in its manifestation. The research also identifies a lack of publicity to promote the service in the surrounding areas of Preston and the need for further research and staff development, suggesting that more specific services should be developed to enable support for those who suffer domestic violence. The study concludes with the recommendation that future research should use a sample group taken from a wider section of the community and that specific questions should address religion, in an attempt to understand its place and importance in the African-Caribbean community. Keywords: Abuse, African-Caribbean, Domestic Violence, Family, Mental Health.

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