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Rivera, J. (1997-1998). "Preliminary report: Availability of Domestic Violence Services for Latina Survivors in New York State." In the Public Interest, 16, 1-32. Language: English

The writer examines the availability and standard of services provided for Hispanic American women in New York State who are victims of domestic violence. Her analysis is based on preliminary results of the initial stages of a study began in 1997 by the New York State Spanish Domestic Violence Hotline Advisory Committee to determine the availability of existing domestic violence services for Latinas in the state. She discusses the incidence of domestic violence in the Latina community in New York State and the state's domestic violence legislative and regulatory mandates applicable to service providers. In addition, she examines the methodology of the advisory committee's study and its findings and considers possible conclusions that can be drawn from the study and policy concerns that it raises. She points out that domestic violence programs in the state are underfunded and she notes the particular effect of this on Latinas, and she makes various recommendations based on the preliminary findings from the Advisory committee's study.

Rivera, J. (1998). "Intimate Partner Violence Strategies: Models for Community Participation." Maine Law Review, 50, 283-308. Language: English

This article suggests that the current framework for transforming community norms into legislation and policy directives is unable to provide an avenue for communities historically absent or excluded from the legislative process. While feminist methodology and philosophy seeks to reflect and produce social and legal strategies authentically based on women’s experiences, antiviolence legislation has yet to fully reflect and address the views and priorities of communities of color, and women of color specifically. Part I of this article discusses the need for a different approach to legislative and social policy decision-making, so as to facilitate and maximize community-developed strategies within a democratic government system. This part discusses the difficulty of historically ignored and suppressed communities, specifically the Latino community. Part II of this article describes three existing models for community representation, within a democratic process, for communities that are historically underrepresented and misrepresented in the existing democratic governing structure of the United States. All models are committed to the empowerment of its members/participants and the Latinas who are the subject of the models’ work. The three are leadership models for social reform.

Rodriguez, M., Szkupinski, S. & Bauer, H. (1996). "Breaking the Silence: Battered Women’s Perspectives on Medical Care." Archives of Family Medicine, 5, 150-153. Language: English

This research study sought to determine the barriers to identification and management of domestic violence in the health care system from the battered woman’s perspective. Fifty-one women with histories of domestic violence took part through eight focus groups divided into Latino, White, Asian and African-American participants. Participants from all ethnic groups identified major factors that affect identification and management of battered women in the health care setting. Factors that interfere with patient disclosure included threats of violence from the partner, embarrassment, adherence to gender roles, concerns about police involvement, and lack of trust in the health care provider. The researchers concluded that many battered women experience social, institutional, and provider barriers to obtaining help from the health care system for problems related to domestic violence. Providers, as well as institutions, can overcome these barriers through an understanding of the social context of domestic violence and the victim’s needs. Identification may be improved through a trusting patient-provider relationship and by direct questioning about domestic violence.

Rodriguez, M.A., Bauer, H.M., Flores-Ortiz, Y., & Szkupinski-Quiroga, S. (1998). "Factors Affecting Patient-Physician Communication for Abused Latina and Asian Immigrant Women." Journal of Family Practice, 47(4), 309. Language: English

Domestic violence is one of today's most serious health issues. Abused Latina and Asian immigrant women face unique barriers to the discussion of abuse with health care providers. This research was undertaken to identify any provider-related factors that may affect patient-provider communication for these women. The study participants identified the provider behaviors that demonstrate trust, compassion, and understanding as elements that improve patient-provider communication. In addition, participants wanted providers to initiate discussions about partner abuse.

Rodriguez, R. (1993). "Violence in transience: Nursing care of battered migrant women." AWHONN’s Clinical Issues, 4 (3), 437-440. Language: English

In this article the author lists several barriers to health care faced by battered migrant women and offers some strategies for reaching this high risk population. The author focuses on strategies for nurses working in migrant clinics such as a commitment to learn the primary language of the woman, cultural sensitivity, and the need for outreach.

Rodriguez, R. (1994). "Forgotten Pain: Migrant Farmworker Women and Domestic Violence." Violence Update, 4(10), 9-11. Language: English

It’s estimated that about 200,000 to 400,000 migrant farmworker women are abused in the U.S. Despite theses figures there has not been a research investigation focusing on domestic violence against migrant farmworker women. These women not only face the obstacles of such transient lifestyle but they also face many of the same difficulties as other Hispanic battered women. The author strongly suggests an intervention model created by these women in collaboration with service providers. This model will be culturally and linguistic appropriate and it will be adapted to fit the needs of the migrant community.

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