Nevertheless, she hopes the insight and in-depth information provided in his article will shed new light into arenas which have so far been neglected.
The author in her paper initially paints a murky picture of an abused immigrant victim who is reluctant to come out and seek help from authorities because of the shame and bias attached to such a revelation. However, over the course of the article it is revealed that the criminal justice system while punishing women abuse perpetuators with mandatory charging fail to understand the vulnerable position they leave abused immigrant women in, once the accused has been arrested. According to the author, most immigrant women believe themselves to become more susceptible after the perpetuator’s arrest, mainly due to their unpredictable immigration status, separation by the community, economic and language dependency and barriers to employment. The women assume that if the perpetuator of abuse is removed from home they would have no one else to rely on and they may fall at the mercy of unknown men. Having identified this flaw in the administration of justice the author turns to community-based organizations to fill the gap of protection and support that abused immigrant women, so need.
Using the interview method, the author interviewed two field staff and seven executive directors from eight different organizations, in Toronto. She also augmented her findings with ethnographic observations and interviews of participants from a day-long workshop on improving community based services provided to abused immigrant women. She truly believes that at a stage where the police merely behave aggressively and without concern for the aggrieved, it is the community based organizations with an active feminist base who treat the aggrieved as individuals and lead them through a process of self