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Strength of culture

Culture as protection and strength

Culture can also be a protective factor. Cultural communities and networks may provide support and refuge for mothers and children hurt by violence. You may be able to draw on community or religious leaders to challenge a father’s violence.

Cultural practices or faith may assist a mother or child to cope, and these may be drawn upon on to help them survive violence and give them hope.

Being connected to extended family and culture is also seen as a protective factor for children. A strong sense of culture can strengthen a child’s self-esteem, sense of identity and belonging. Children who are not connected to family and are not visible in or supported by their communities are more vulnerable to harm.

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