Caetano, R., Schafer, J., Clark, C. L., Cunradi, C. B., & Raspberry, K. (2000). Intimate partner violence, acculturation, and alcohol consumption among Hispanic couples in the United States. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15(1), 30-45. Language:
The purpose of this article was to report rates of intimate partner violence, acculturation, and alcohol consumption patterns among U.S. Hispanic couples. A probability sample of 527 Hispanic couples was interviewed in 1995. The rates of male-to-female and female-to-male partner violence were highest in the medium acculturation group, followed by the high acculturation group and the low acculturation group. Analyses indicate that couples with at least one medium acculturated couple member were 3 times more likely to experience male-to-female violence than couples with two low acculturated partners. IPV among medium acculturated individuals may be the result of the difficulties of negotiating between cultures without the support of strong social network. Copyright Sage Publications, Inc.
Campbell, D. W., Masaki, B., & Torres, S. (1997). "Water on rock: Changing domestic violence perceptions in the African American, Asian American, and Latino communities." In E. Klein, J. Campbell, E. Soler, & M. Ghez (Eds.). Ending Domestic Violence:
The authors provide a discussion of the methodological issues surrounding the national surveys on family violence as well as the contrasting data from the National Victim Survey regarding prevalence rates for major ethnic groups. They suggest an ecological approach to the study of domestic violence as well as the importance of taking into consideration such issues as racism and anti-immigrant sentiments. A section of the chapter is devoted to domestic violence in Latino communities.
Carrillo, R.A. & Goubaud-Reyna, R. (1998). "Clinical Treatment of Latino Offenders". In R. Carrillo & J. Tello (Eds.), Family Violence and Men of Color: Healing the Wounded Male Spirit (pp.53-73). New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc. Language:
This chapter describes a treatment process for court-mandated Latino immigrant men from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. The model is based on the Hombres Nobles philosophy and pre-Columbian, postcolonial theory. The successful treatment of the Latino batterer requires thorough diagnostics, tailored treatment plans, and needs assessments to include the batterer’s family members. An emphasis on the values of respect, dignity, trust and love articulated in their own language and cultural milieu can contribute to successful rapport building. It is imperative that the effects of colonization, racism, discrimination, and migration be addressed in treatment. The authors' preference is that the treatment focus be systemic and intergenerational, including as much of the family as possible, whenever it is safe to do so.
Carrillo, R.A. & Tello, J. (Eds.) (1998). Family Violence and Men of Color: Healing the Wounded Male Spirit. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, Inc. Language: English
This volume reviews research on the prevalence of domestic violence, child abuse and homicide in special populations, including African American, Latino/Chicano, Asian American and Native American. Empirical, clinical, experiential, and narrative approaches provide the reader with a culturally integrated perspective of this controversial subject. Also addressed is the need for more culturally-sensitive research that would result in more effective prevention and intervention efforts in years to come. The book's writers and editors reached the following conclusions: 1) The field is sorely lacking in research and treatment models to assist in the healing of men of color and domestic violence; 2) The present models not only are inadequate, but many times mirror the violence and control that we are attempting to address; 3) A major root cause of domestic violence in men of color is in the historical oppression and violence that people of color have experienced and continue to experience today; 4) Spirituality is a foundational element needed in the assessment and healing processes in working with men of color; and 5) The integrated inclusion of family/community as part of the healing and ongoing recovery process is essential.
Carroll, J.C. (1980). "A Cultural-Consistency Theory of Family Violence in Mexican-American and Jewish Ethnic Groups" In Straus M.A.& Hotaling,G.T. (Eds.), The Social Causes of Husband-Wife Violence (pp. 68-81). Language: English
This chapter suggests that even cultural norms that do not have a manifest reference to violence also affect the level of violence. For example, norms may structure family roles in a way that increases tension and hostility in the family, even though that is not what is intended. Carroll argues that the elements of a culture tend to be interdependent. He applies this "cultural consistency" theory to Mexican-American and Jewish-American families. For example, Carroll concludes that in Mexican-American families, norms call for male dominance in husband-wife relationships and father dominance in parent-child relationships. As a result, it is not legitimate for a wife or child to contest the husband or father. These norms are systematically linked to a high level of violence. In Jewish families, it is not illegitimate to argue with one's husband, wife, or father. Conflicts are not settled on the basis of ascribed power, but on the basis of discussion and knowledge (either scriptural or scientific). To the extent that this ideal is followed, conflicts can be settled without resorting to violence. While this chapter examines only two ethnic subcultures, it is a promising beginning to the development of a typology of family subcultural norms and their role in permitting or discouraging the use of violence as a means of conflict resolution.
Chiarotti, S. (1998). Violencia contra las mujeres en América Latina y el Caribe [Violence against women in Latin America and the Caribbean]. CLADEM (Comité de Latinoamérica y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer) Coordinadora Region
This article describes the Convención Interamericana para Prevenir, Sancionar y Erradicar la Violencia contra la Mujer [Interamerican Accord to Prevent, Sanction, and Eradicate Violence Against Women], and lists the countries who have signed the accord. The author also discusses national laws of several Latin American and Caribbean countries regarding violence against women and the lack of coherence that has prevented the laws from being applied in a clear and systematic manner. Chiarotti also mentions the lack of statistics regarding violence against women as a barrier to policy and practice.