Title

Domestic Violence in the Latinx Community

Lead Author Major

Philosophy

Lead Author Status

Sophomore

Format

Capstone Project

Faculty Mentor Name

Marylou Bagus-Hansen

Faculty Mentor Department

Undergraduate Education

Abstract/Artist Statement

Family, as well as the location of the community of a domestic violence survivor can have a profound impact on the circumstances of abuse. For members of the Latinx community, there are distinct factors that contribute to increased difficulties and barriers when it comes to receiving assistance as a victim of domestic violence. The findings of previous research indicate that Latinx women experience domestic violence at rates similar to those of other ethnic groups; nevertheless, when these rates are examined within sub-populations of Latinx women, we see imperative data, related to the differences between immigrant married Latinx women and unmarried Latinx women. With these findings, we can recognize that there is an ongoing need to better understand the extreme discrepancies that exist within the Latinx community. These discrepancies involve the traditional value of familismo and faith in religion, immigration status, and the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate support. When it comes to seeking help and support as a victim or as a concerned relative or friend, these discrepancies increase the level of distress and can prohibit them from receiving the help they need to recover out of the situation. This paper reflects on the harmful attitudes that promote domestic violence in the Latinx community, seeks to underscore the cultural barriers that exist, and highlights alternative programs that could be adapted.

Location

Information Commons, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Start Date

30-4-2022 10:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Domestic Violence in the Latinx Community

Information Commons, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Family, as well as the location of the community of a domestic violence survivor can have a profound impact on the circumstances of abuse. For members of the Latinx community, there are distinct factors that contribute to increased difficulties and barriers when it comes to receiving assistance as a victim of domestic violence. The findings of previous research indicate that Latinx women experience domestic violence at rates similar to those of other ethnic groups; nevertheless, when these rates are examined within sub-populations of Latinx women, we see imperative data, related to the differences between immigrant married Latinx women and unmarried Latinx women. With these findings, we can recognize that there is an ongoing need to better understand the extreme discrepancies that exist within the Latinx community. These discrepancies involve the traditional value of familismo and faith in religion, immigration status, and the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate support. When it comes to seeking help and support as a victim or as a concerned relative or friend, these discrepancies increase the level of distress and can prohibit them from receiving the help they need to recover out of the situation. This paper reflects on the harmful attitudes that promote domestic violence in the Latinx community, seeks to underscore the cultural barriers that exist, and highlights alternative programs that could be adapted.