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Domestic Violence and the Holidays: Cultural Sensitivity

Domestic Violence and the Holidays: Cultural Sensitivity During the Holiday Season

1. One concrete way to support survivors’ emotional safety is by not assuming that all residents want to celebrate or participate in Christmas-related activities.

A. True

B. False


2. Asking residents in a group setting about their preferences for how religious based holidays are observed in the shelter is strongly encouraged.

A. True

B. False


3. Which of the following should programs keep in mind?

A. Limiting the number of house meetings and prioritizing time to relax can help decrease the stress and frustration residents may experience during the holiday season.

B. Although both individual and group counseling can be effective for working with survivors, the holidays might bring out issues that residents may not want to share during a group session.

C. Residents may be expected to participate in other group activities during the holiday season and they may need more one-on-one time with counselors to process their feelings and experiences.

D. All of the above.


4. Advocates can help keep the season safe for survivors by sharing with them some holiday specific safety tips, including:

A. Meeting family and friends in new locations unknown to the abusive partner.

B. Avoid shopping areas and/or holiday parades and events where survivors may anticipate seeing their abusers.

C. Using a P.O. Box or no return address at all if sending holiday cards.

D. All of the above.


Domestic Violence and the Holidays: What’s Cooking?

5. Cooking food together may help shelter residents bond and apply or develop essential life skills.

A. True

B. False


6. According to Kosher law, Jewish people cannot consume the flesh of birds and mammals with:

A. Fruit

B. Dairy

C. Grains

D. All of the above


7. Unlawful or prohibited foods for Muslims include:

A. Pork

B. Beef

C. Fish

D. Poultry


8. Advocates should take a count of how many residents will be at the shelter for the holidays and consult them about their dietary needs, including food allergies.

A. True

B. False


9. When involving residents in decision-making, shelter staff should:

A. Provide a forum for residents to make suggestions to the grocery list and holiday menu, as well as seek input regarding food preparation, child-related food needs, shopping, cleaning, and decorating.

B. Know how many residents will be staying in shelter on Christmas Eve.

C. Know who is doing the cooking for the shelter holiday celebration.

D. All of the above.


10. All of the following are strategies for easing communal living, increasing harmony, supporting parenting in shelters, and ensuring safety, except for:

A. Having multiple ovens and cooktops.

B. Having locked food storage.

C. Having dining nooks.

D. All of the above are strategies for easing communal living.


11. In addition to helping meet a shelter’s food needs, gardening has been shown to be a therapeutic and educational experience for shelter workers and residents alike, also providing esthetic, economic, and social and cultural benefits to domestic violence programs.

A. True

B. False


Domestic Violence and the Holidays: Beyond Resolutions, Envisioning Your Future

12. According to the American Psychological Association, the capacity to make realistic plans and know which steps to take to carry them out is one of the core factors for:

A. Making resolutions

B. Setting goals

C. Building resilience

D. All of the above


13. All of the following pertain to resilience, except for:

A. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.

B. Resilience is a trait that people either have or do not have.

C. Resilience is an innate human capacity that involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that anyone can learn and develop.

D. All of the above pertain to resilience.


14. Life goal envisioning is a very effective and powerful tool, but should be introduced in a way that is _____, as to not overwhelm or pressure survivors who are not ready to think beyond how they can survive the day to day.

A. Trauma-informed

B. Low pressure

C. Short-term

D. All of the above


15. Which of the following is the first step in life goal setting?

A. Write down your thoughts.

B. Imagine the future in which you have already achieved your goal.

C. Take time to think about your life and separate abstract goals from concrete goals.

D. None of the above.


16. For goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be:

A. Specific

B. Attainable

C. Time bound

D. All of the above


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