Culture is too hastily understood as ethnic culture, but in fact we all inhabit multiple cultures simultaneously and need to understand which ones we are operating in to be effective. These training slides, authored by Dr. Sujata Warrier, can be used by advocates to understand the three spheres of culture (of domestic violence and gender inequality, of familial and community values and norms, and of systems) and provide survivor-centered services to survivors.

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by Sujata Warrier 2007

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