In a 1999 national survey of Canadian women's experience of domestic violence, several disturbing patterns came to light; they included the fact that the highest prevalence of domestic violence against women was found in the homes of immigrants from developing countries.

Problematically, the ideology of multiculturalism, even amongst the most well-meaning advocates for female equality, tends to preclude any discussion of cultural values and traditions that project a "colonialist" mentality or that may lead to a perceived "racialization" of an entire ethnic community.

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