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Culturally specific services: domestic violence services for African American women in the Central Valley

Valley which essential elements they believe to be necessary to create culturally specific domestic violence services for African American women. This study utilized a qualitative exploratory research design and a non-probability purposive sample. Data were collected from 14 women who participated during a series of three focus groups. The participants, whose ages ranged from 22-56, completed a demographic survey and provided answers to eleven questions presented to them from a semi-structured interview guide. The participants were able to identify four areas for consideration in creating culturally specific domestic violence services. Participants identified: church outreach, individual counseling, race, and the impact of domestic violence on their children as the most important elements. The results show that African American women would be more likely to engage in domestic violence services if they were culturally specific.

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