AFRICAN CARIBBEAN BLACK (ACB)
As we reflect on the past two years we see how the pandemic triggered a downward spiral impacting the mental health of ACB women who were already disproportionately disadvantaged before COVID-19.
On this International Women’s day let us remember the black women who are penalized by race, gender and other intersectionalities. Not just today, but everyday.
What could you do today to support the mental health of the ACB women in your life?
My sisters, let's talk about what we need from others.
Humbly, Lesline McEwan, RP, CAMF, MA NCAC, Doing African Caribbean and Black Mental Healthcare (ACBMH) for over 20 years
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Gender Based Violence is violence as a result of gender, gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender.
GBV is not limited to physical violence and can include any word, action, or attempt to degrade, control, humiliate, intimidate, coerce, deprive, threaten, or harm another person. GBV can take many forms including cyber, physical, sexual, societal, psychological, emotional, and economic. Neglect, discrimination, and harassment.
GBV can also include:
"Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence is a form of gender-based violence that often plays out at home. It includes intimate partner violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, child abuse, elder abuse among others. Women, girls, and trans and non-binary people are at highest risk of this kind of victimization. "https://canadianwomen.org/
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour used by one person to gain power and control over another person with whom they have or previously had an intimate relationship. Domestic violence can include physical, sexual, emotional, financial/economic, technological, legal and psychological abuse and intimidation.
Incidents are rarely isolated, and usually escalate in frequency and severity.
Domestic violence can culminate in serious physical injury or death. Approximately every six (6) days, a woman is killed by her intimate partner in Canada.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith or class
PHYSICAL ABUSE/ VIOLENCE - Any act which causes physical harm as a result of unlawful physical force. It can include but not limited to:
Domestic violence can be lethal. Death is always possible as an accidental outcome of the violence. Approximately every six (6) days, a woman is killed by her intimate partner in Canada.
EMOTIONAL AND VERBAL ABUSE - Any harmful emotional or verbal or psychological acts and/or behaviors. It can include but not limited to:
SEXUAL ABUSE – Any sexual act performed on an individual without their consent. It can include but not limited to:
FINANCIAL or ECONOMIC ABUSE / V IOLENCE -
Any financially harmful act or behaviour. It can include but not limited to:
LEGAL ABUSE – Any harmful act or behaviour using the Courts or Police or Children Aid society or Immigration Canada or other authorities to threaten, harass, dominate or control. It could include but not limited to:
TECHNOLOGICAL ABUSE –Technological Abuse – Any harmful act or behavior using technology. It can include but not limited to:
SPIRITUAL ABUSE – Spiritual – Any harmful act or behavior using religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate, and control you.
Any attempt to exert power and control over someone using religion, faith, or beliefs can be spiritual abuse. Spiritual abuse can happen within a religious organization or a personal relationship. It can include but not limited to:
Similar to our Physical Health, our Mental Health is a continuum. Members of the Afro Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities face many challenges to mental health including the impact of racism, and this can be particularly acute for women, who face additional challenges due to the impact of domestic violence. Since 1999 we have made it
Similar to our Physical Health, our Mental Health is a continuum. Members of the Afro Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities face many challenges to mental health including the impact of racism, and this can be particularly acute for women, who face additional challenges due to the impact of domestic violence. Since 1999 we have made it a priority to address mental health in the ACB community, including women and Immigrant/Newcomers through our free Mental health workshops/ seminars/ webinars, support groups , one-on-one and drop-in counselling sessions. A key focus has been on mental health supports to women experiencing Domestic violence / Gender Based Violence and Human Trafficking. Our support services are provided by licensed ACB councillors and as such is bound by code of Professional regulations, bylaws, code of ethics and confidentiality. We are in compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA)
We utilize five key strategies: direct ACB GBV mental health service delivery, culturally specific outreach and training, community collaboration, ACB capacity building and systems-change advocacy.
"Mental Health is not Mental Illness" Lesline McEwan, RP, MA, CAMF Copyright © 1999 Prevent and Address Gender Based Violence - All Rights Reserved.