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Achieving Justice for Survivors from Communities of Color
Achieving Justice for Survivors from Communities of Color

Achieving Justice for Survivors from Communities of Color is focused on the intersection of domestic violence, family/domestic relations court systems, and communities of color, and issues of procedural justice. Procedural justice is a key focus for court and law enforcement systems throughout the country and this partnership is the first to center the issue using a culturally responsive lens.

The purpose of the project is to deepen our understanding of the needs and barriers related to procedural justice within the family court system for survivors of domestic violence from communities of color and thereby improve services and the prospects for justice. The project is grounded in culturally responsive and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles and methods. Community representatives and researchers from Portland State University share substantive control of the research process.

The project includes two separate research components: a quantitative analysis of family court data focused on identifying patterns and disparities in the experiences of survivors from different racial/cultural/linguistic groups; and an ethnographic/qualitative analysis focused on identifying and understanding the ways in which institutional practices do or do not promote procedural justice, victims’ and children’s safety and holding perpetrators accountable.

It is our hope that the results of the project will impact family court services in Multnomah County as well as nationally by producing concrete practice and policy recommendations that are grounded in survivors’ lived experiences.