DOI: 10.1177/10778012241230327 ISSN: 1077-8012

“We Get Our Healing Through Traditional Ways”: Canadian Indigenous Women's Use of Violence Against Women Shelters, Mainstream Counseling, and Traditional Healing

Cindy L. Ogden, Leslie M. Tutty
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gender Studies

We know little about what services are accessed by Indigenous women abused by intimate partners (IPV). This mixed-methods secondary analysis examines the demographics and narratives of 40 Canadian Indigenous women regarding their use of violence against women (VAW) emergency shelters (55%), second-stage VAW shelters (7.5%), mainstream community counseling (70%), and Indigenous healing practices (42.5%). Five women who identified as LGBTQ or two-spirit accessed community services but not VAW shelters. The women had experienced severe IPV, but scored below clinical cut-offs for depression, psychological distress, and PTSD. They described strengths, concerns, and barriers in accessing services. Implications for counselors are presented.

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