Violence in the Lives of American Indian Women

Jillian Jorns, “Violence in the Lives of American Indian Women”
Mentor: Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Nursing

The overall research goal is to extend to others the experiences of the American Indian women who faced intimate partner violence. This will ultimately contribute to expanding extensive healthcare and policy changes involving these women. The goal is to explore intimate partner violence (IPV) in Native American women to obtain a better understanding about the impacts. The expertise of the researcher in methodology is complemented by the experience of CO affiliates, who assist researchers to produce relevant and legitimate research with real-world impact. When it comes to research on violence against women, such collaborative relationships can provide important insight to researchers that are grounded in the experiences of advocates with women who have been victimized. A collaborative relationship also aids in recruitment due to the trust that had already been established between clients and advocates at the agency. There is a direct correlation between high rates of mental health and domestic abuse such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety. We have specifically chosen the Bad River reservation and the city of Milwaukee as our target population to examine and interview 50-70 participants that have experienced different barriers and disparities that are related to abuse. A qualitative critical ethnography methodology alongside an indigenous and postcolonial feminist framework will be used for examining gender-based violence, and oppression. After data analysis we will be able to apply this to policy-making around the world.

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