Former refugees and community resilience

Gail Mason, Mariastella Pulvirenti

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    The efforts of new, former refugee communities to grow their legitimacy as citizens often in hostile host environments puts community needs at odds with individual needs. From an analysis of interviews with service providers across two states in Australia, and borrowing the concept of 'papering over', we demonstrate how these tensions impact on women in these communities building resilience to domestic violence. Despite community being vital for building individual resilience, 'papering over' operates to keep communities quiet about domestic violence and reliant on definitions of violence that serve to save the face of communities. While this is a challenge for how former refugee communities respond to domestic violence, it is also a challenge for how we conceptualize resilience across intersecting subject positions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)401-418
    Number of pages18
    JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2013


    • communities
    • domestic violence
    • former refugees
    • resilience


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