G., Heise, L., Isita-Espejel, L., & Pick, S. (1999). Changing Community
Response to Wife Abuse: A Research and Demonstration Project in Iztacalco,
Mexico. American Psychologist. 54(1), (pp.41-49).
describes the process of designing a multifaceted, community based intervention
to change community responses to wife abuse in Iztacalco, a low-income
community on the outskirts of Mexico City. The goal of the intervention
is to encourage women to recognize and disclose abuse and to encourage
more constructive, less victim blaming attitudes among family members,
friends and the community at large. The intervention is based on the
belief that the response that a woman first gets upon disclosing her
situation will be critical in setting the course of her future actions.
The intervention includes small-scale media (e.g., buttons, posters,
events) and a twelve-session workshop to train women as community change
agents. The design is based on insights derived from formative research
and from the transtheoretical model of behavior change as elaborated
by J.O. Prochaska and C.C. DiClemente (1982) and adapted to the special
case of domestic violence by J. Brown (1997). The article also illustrates
the utility of adapting popular education techniques to the research
setting in order to facilitate more honest disclosure of prevailing
norms and attitudes about abuse.
Y., Esteban, M., & Carrillo, R.A. (1994). La Violencia en la Familia:
Un Modelo Contextual de Terapia Intergeneracional. Revista InterAmericana
de Psicología/InterAmerican Journal of Psychology, 28(2), (pp.235-250).
article describes an effective treatment approach used with a Central
American family that has suffered severe trauma, war-torn situations,
migrations, alcoholism, and severe domestic violence. The model is proposed
for similar populations.