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Adames, S. B., & Campbell, R. (2005).  Immigrant Latinas’ conceptualizations of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women 11 (10), 1341-1364.
Language: English

This study is a qualitative investigation based on interviews with eight women who were first generation Mexican immigrants and participated in a support group for Latinas dealing with women’s issues. Findings revealed that the participants were aware of poor quality of relationships in their community. They were knowledgeable about intimate partner violence (IPV), and understood that IPV is an extensive problem in the immigrant Latino community. In addition, women recognized gender disparities and other ecological factors as central issues affecting their intimate relationships and leading to IPV.

Aldarondo, E. (1998). Perpetrators of Domestic Violence. In A. Bellack and M. Hersen (Eds.) Comprehensive Clinical Psychology (pp. 437-452). New York: Pergamon Press.
Language: English

This chapter presents incidence and prevalence data of research on perpetrators of domestic violence in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. The author argues that perpetrators of domestic violence are not a homogeneous group and thus the understanding of the variability within this group is essential in the development of theories, assessment instruments and procedures, and treatments. The chapter examines the nature of research on perpetrators of violence as well as issues of diversity in national, community, and clinical samples of violent couples. Assessment and treatment issues as well as implications of the heterogeneity perspective for research and practice are also discussed. Although not specifically related to Latina/o populations, this article provides an excellent source of information regarding the issue of domestic violence from a broad-based social perspective.

Aldarondo, E., Kaufman-Kantor, G. K., & Jasinski, J. L. (in press). Risk Marker Analysis for Wife Assault in Latino Families. Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal

Language: English

This study evaluated the utility of commonly recognized risk markers of wife assault to predict violence against women in various ethnic groups of Latino families. A multivariate analysis of the 1992 National Alcohol and Family Violence Survey was done to compare the occurrence of violence in Mexican, Mexican-American and Puerto Rican groups. A group of Anglo-American families was used for comparison. Parallel analyses were conducted on men’s self-reports of violent behavior and women’s reports of victimization. Results for both male and female respondents showed that the level of hostile conflict in the relationship was the strongest predictor of wife assault across ethnic groups. Although Latino groups share various risk markers for wife assault, there is considerable Between-group variability, which is not accounted for by generic risk markers. These results highlight the need for research to focus on the individual, relationship, social and cultural determinants of wife assault within specific ethnic groups.

Aldarondo, E. & Mederos, F. (2002). Programs for Men Who Batter: Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society. New York: Civic Research Institute. Language: English

This book, in the editors’ words, is a “tour of an emerging attitude and way of thinking” about interventions with men who batter. The introductory section to the book contains a history of the evolution of the batterers’ intervention movement in the United States, a discussion of common concerns that practitioners have regarding abusive men, and a discussion of issues regarding evaluation of the efficacy of interventions with men who batter. The rest of the book presents 10 programs grouped according to major orientations: pro-feminist approaches, social-psychological perspectives, and culture-based models. Two programs specifically designed to work with Latinos, CECEVIM and Caminar Latino, are included in this last section. Each chapter begins with the philosophical and theoretical framework that guides the particular program and provides a detail description of program practices and procedures. The books presents a rich description of a wide array of programs that the editors hope will spark ongoing debate and further understanding of the issues involved in providing services for men who batter.

Aldarondo, E. (2002). Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions with Men Who Batter. In E. Aldarondo and F. Mederos (Eds.) Men who batter: Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society (pp. 3-1 – 3-20). New York: Civic Research Institute. [Abstract Forthcoming] Language: English

This chapter begins with a short discussion of the debate regarding the efficacy of intervention programs and strategies that address violence in intimate relationships followed by a review of the research on the effectiveness of legal sanctions, men’s programs, and coordinated community responses. In terms of protection orders, recidivism rates were found to be in the 23-60% rate in studies of 4 months to 2 year duration. Significant race/ethnic and SES differences were found. The overall conclusion from the review was that protective orders are effective for many men, despite the fact that 30-40% of the men violate the restraining orders and reabuse their partners. Arrest seems to be effective in reducing domestic violence in the presence of informal social controls in the life of men who batter. In terms of batterer intervention programs, the literature identifies the challenges inherent in evaluating these programs. Among them are the problems of using criminal justice records to determine recidivism and the difficulty and potential danger of follow-up contact with victims, among others. Studies of coordinated community response efforts generally suggest that these strategies have a positive impact on the police and judicial responses to woman battering. The author concludes the chapter by questioning whether it is possible to attempt to eradicate domestic violence from within a system in which many of the determining factors for the problem are rooted. He suggests that the quest for answers that will effectively address domestic violence must continue.

Aldarondo, E. & Mederos, F. (2002). Common Practitioners' Concerns about Abusive Men. In E. Aldarondo and F. Mederos (Eds.) Men Who Batter: Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society (pp.2-1 – 2-17). New York: Civic Research Institute.
Language: English

This chapter begins with an overview of the current definitions regarding domestic violence issues and states that determining if some is a batterer is not a clinical decision or “a diagnosis of a psychological disorder,” but a determination based on information gained from collateral sources. The authors discuss the relation between domestic violence and poverty as well as the question of whether men of color are more violent than white men. Other topics addressed in this chapter are the effects of childhood witnessing of violence, mental health of men who batter, the role of alcohol and other drugs, gay and bisexual relationships, assessment issues, and treatment modalities.

Alvarez, S. & Vichis, L. (N.D.). Reflexiones sobre la violencia [Reflections about violence]. Cuadernos para la Mujer, Serie Salud y Vida Cotidiana [Booklets for Women, Health and Daily Life Series, 4(1), 1-18. Language: Spanish

This booklet explores the issue of violence and tries to systematize and collect the available knowledge regarding this topic. The authors indicate that their goal is to begin a reflection about the issue of violence. They provide definitions, dynamics, and ideas about what causes violence, as well as statistics and ways in which women can work towards ending violence.

Anderson, M.J. (1993). A License to Abuse: The Impact of Conditional Status on Female Immigrants. Yale Law Journal, 102(6), 1401-1430. Language: English

Female aliens with conditional residency status have little legal recourse when married to abusive partners. The Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986 (IMFA) give husbands the authority to petition for conditional status for their wives. This factor combined with aliens' fear of bureaucratic involvement makes alien women reluctant to seek help. The law needs to be changed so that women can self-petition for conditional status and face reasonable evidentiary requirements for the change to permanent status. Fear of the bureaucracy also needs to be decreased.

Arbuckle, J., Olson, L., Howard, M., Billman, J. Anctil, C., & Sklar, D. (1996). Safe at home? Domestic violence and other homicides among women in New Mexico. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 27(2), 210-215.
Language: English

The purpose of this study was to define the contribution of domestic violence to homicides in women in New Mexico and to examine differences in ethnicity, machanism, previous documented injuries, incidence of sexual assault, and use of alcohol or illicit drugs between DV and non-DV related homicides. A retrospective analysis of reports of the state office of the medical investigator from all female homicides from 1990 to 1993 in New Mexico. Of 134 homicides in women in that time period, 46% were perpetrated by a male intimate partner. The rate of homicide was 4.9 per 100,000 for American Indians, 1.7 for Hispanics and 1/8 for non-Hispanic Whites.

Arreola, S. G., Neilands, T. B., Pollack, L. M., Paul J. P., & Catania, J. A. (2004). Higher prevalence of childhood sexual abuse among Latino men who have sex with men: Data from the Urban Men’s Health Study. Child Abuse and Neglect, 29, 285-290.
Language: English

Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a predictor of sexual HIV risk behavior and other negative health outcomes among adults. However, the prevalence of CSA among Latino men who have sex with men has not been well established. In order to look into this further, this study uses a random-digit telephone probability survey of 2881 adult men (18 years or older) who have sex with men and reside in San Francisco, Chicago, New York or Los Angeles. The results show that a significantly higher proportion of Latino men who have sex with men report child abuse before age 13 (22%) than did non-Latino men who have sex with men (11%).

Asling-Monemi, K., Peña, R., Ellsberg, M. C., & Persson, L. A., (2003). Violence against women increases the risk of infant and child mortality: A case-referent study in Nicaragua. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 81(1), 10-18.
Language: English

This article presents the results of an investigation conducted in Leon, Nicaragua. The purpose of the investigation was to study the impact of violence against mothers on mortality risks for their children before 5 years of age. Several factors were associated with higher infant and under 5 mortality such as the mother’s education, age, and parity. The results suggest an association between physical and sexual violence against mothers, either before or during pregnancy, and an increased risk of under-5 mortality of their offspring. Factors such as type of violence and severity were probably more relevant to the risk than timing. It was also concluded that child health was more impacted through maternal stress and care-behaviors rather than direct trauma itself.

Asociación Mexicana Contra la Violencia Hacia las Mujeres (COVAC). (1995). Encuesta de Opinión Pública sobre la Incidencia de Violencia en la Familia [Public Opinion Survey regarding the Incidence of Family Violence}. México, DF: COVAC – Asociación Mexicana Contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres. Language: Spanish

This book is the result of a collaborative effort between COVAC [Mexican Association against Violence Against Women], FNUAP the United Nations Population Fund, and the Justice Department of the Federal District of Mexico City. A public opinion survey was conducted in Mexico City and 9 other cities throughout Mexico in which a total of 3,300 persons randomly selected (50% of each gender) between the ages of 18 and 65, of different educational and SES levels, participated. The book contains 38 graphs and 45 tables regarding such variables as sociodemographic characteristics, types of violence, attitudes and beliefs regarding violence, injuries, etc. General conclusions are provided, as well as comments regarding the survey given by women in public office.

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