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MacCulloch, C. (1997). Domestic violence: Private pain, public issue. The IDB Special Report. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.
Language: English

This special report of the Inter-American Development Bank explores the issue of domestic violence in Latin American countries. Through statistics and personal accounts, the author presents compelling information regarding the seriousness and pervasiveness of the problem, the cost of violence, and the potential role of the press to bring the problem “out of the closet.”

Maciak, B.J., Guzman, R., Santiago, A., Villalobos, G., & Israel, B.A. (1999).  Establishing LA VIDA: A community-based partnership to prevent intimate violence against Latina women.  Health Education & Behavior, 26(6), 821-840.
Language: English

LA VIDA is a Southwest Detroit partnership to prevent intimate partner violence against Latina women and this article describes the evolution of LA VIDA. It provides information regarding the increase of IPV against Latina women in the United States and the cultural and historical context of Southwest Detroit. The highlights of the article are the process of forming LA VIDA partnerships, development, and program planning. The process includes: mobilizing diverse partners; management, staffing, and group process; establishing an identity: mission and goals statement, community diagnosis and needs assessment activities; program planning within an ecological framework; and integrating evaluation within the development process. It also provides implications for health education.

Madriz, E. (1997). "Latina teenagers: Victimization, Identity, and Fear of Crime". Social Justice, 24, 39-55.
Language: English

Examines how Latinas from the ages of 13-19 construct and express their views about crime, criminals, and their possibilities of victimization; based on focus groups and in-depth interviews in New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx) and surrounding suburban areas, between October 1994 and the summer of 1995.

Mata, M. & Pola, M. J. (2001). Sistematización de Indicadores de Violencia Doméstica y Sexual en República Dominicana, 1999-2001 [Systematization of Markers for Domestic and Sexual Violence I the Dominican Republic, 1999-2000]. Santiago, Dominican Republic: CEAPA, Centro de Apoyo Aquelarre/NAM, Núcleo de Apoyo a la Mujer.
Language: Spanish

This book is the result of a collaborative effort between two community based organizations in the Dominican Republic who work in the area of gender violence: CEAPA, the Aquelarre Assistance Center in Santo Domingo and NAM, the Women Assistance Unit in Santiago. OXFAM provided funding for this coordinated research project. Given the historically low support for academic research in the country, data regarding violence against women are often established based on newspaper accounts or informal surveys. The purpose of this project was to: systematize the collection and organization of data collected throughout the country in the years 1999-2000. The book provides statistics regarding prevalence rates for domestic and sexual violence, as well as sociodemographic characteristics of victims, among many other variables. The book cover uses as background the names of all the women and children who died as a result of violence in their homes during the two years of the study.

Mujer en un Mundo Globalizado [Women in a World of Globalization]. (2002). Memoria del Taller para Agentes de Pastoral [Proceedings from a Workshop for Pastoral Ministers]. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Centro Antonio Montesino/Centro de Estudios Sociales P. Juan Montalvo, sj.
Language: Spanish

These proceedings from a workshop for pastoral ministers hosted by two Jesuit research and dissemination centers In the Dominican Republic contains papers regarding the status of women, advances and obstacles in the judicial system, domestic violence as a social issue affecting women’s development, and theological foundations of women’s participation in society. The workshop utilized a participatory dynamic, in which professionals and community members formed panels to create a discussion that included voices of women from many different segments of the population. The proceedings reflect this diversity.

Mattson, S. & Rodríguez, E. (1999). "Battering pregnant Latinas." Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 20, 405-422.
Language: English

This study used qualitative and quantitative methods to determine the prevalence and type of abuse, level of acculturation, and self-esteem of pregnant Latinas in three sites: urban Arizona, rural Arizona, and Mexico. Focus groups with women from each site also explored their perceptions of battering, available resources, and how Mexican culture influenced the phenomenon of battering. Women in rural Arizona reported the highest prevalence of abuse and highest level of acculturation.

Maturana, H., Coddou, F., Montenegro, H. Kuntsmann, G., & Méndez, C. L. (1995). Violencia en sus Distintos Ambitos de Expresión [Violence in its Different Realms of Expression]. Santiago, Chile: Dolmen Ediciones.
Language: Spanish

This book is the result of a forum organized to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Family Therapy Institute in Santiago, Chile. Each chapter presents a paper given at the forum. Themes include violence and media, relationship violence, violence and suicide, violence in ideologies, and biology and violence.

McCarty Barnes, B. (2001). "Family Violence knows no cultural boundaries." Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 93(1), 11-14.
Language: English

This article addresses the need of domestic violence prevention, education, and intervention programs to be based within a cultural context. Domestic violence within two ethnic groups: Muslims and Latinos are discussed. Particular detail is given to the cultural differences among these groups versus the common approaches undertaken in the US to deal with domestic violence. Lists of all the different forms of family and partner violence are provided.

McCloskey, L. A., Southwick, K., Fernandez-Esquer, M.E., & Locke, C. (1996). "The psychological effects of political and domestic violence on Central American and Mexican immigrant mothers and children." Journal of Community Psychology, 23(2), 95-116.
Language: English

This study compared the psychosocial adjustment of 70 immigrant mothers and their children from Mexico and Central America. Mothers and children were interviewed about political and domestic violence they had witnessed and experienced and current mental health outcomes, including symptoms of PTSD. Central American refugee children did not differ significantly from Mexican children who witnessed violence in their home. Both groups presented significantly higher levels of psychological distress than Mexican children from non-violent homes. Central American women were most likely to meet criteria for PTSD. Overall effects of war on children were mediated by maternal mental health and the specific associated risk of having lost a father to violent death. Mexican immigrant children were also affected by their mother’s employment. Findings show similar effects on children who experience different forms of violence.

McFarlane, J., Wiist, W., & Watson, M. (1998). "Predicting Physical Abuse against Pregnant Hispanic Women." American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 15(2), 134-138.
Language: English

Investigated whether or not symbolic violence and threats of violence by a male intimate were associated with physical violence against pregnant Hispanic women, a cross-sectional interview survey questionnaire was given to 329 pregnant, physically and sexually abused Hispanic women (aged 15-42 years) in urban, public health prenatal clinics. The main outcome measure was physical abuse against pregnant Hispanic women as measured on the Severity of Violence Against Women Scale. Regression analysis showed that symbolic violence and threats of violence by the perpetrator were jointly and independently significantly associated with physical violence. Because symbolic violence is significantly associated with physical violence against pregnant women, screening and early intervention programs should focus on such behavior. ((c) 1998 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)

McFarlane, J., Wiist, W., & Soeken, K. (1999). "Use of counseling by abused pregnant Hispanic women." Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine, 8(4), 541-546.
Language: English

This study explored the characteristics of abused women that are associated with the women’s use of counseling services to help end abuse. The study used a 12-month prospective, descriptive analysis of 216 abused pregnant Latinas (aged 15-42 years) receiving prenatal care in an urban public health clinic. Results indicate that women with 2 or more children were more likely to use counseling services. Women who had used the police most during the previous 12 months had fewest visits to the counselor.

McFarlane, J. (1998). "Characteristics of Sexual Abuse against Pregnant Hispanic Women by Their Male Intimates." Journal of Women's Health, 7(6), 739-745.
Language: English

Examined the frequency of 6 types of sexual abuse of 329 pregnant Hispanic women (aged 15-42 years) identified during routine prenatal care in public health clinics as physically abused. Threats of abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse were measured with the 46-item Severity of Violence Against Women Scale. Comparisons were made between women reporting sexual abuse and those who did not. 105 women reported sexual abuse by their male partner at least once during the prior 12 months. Sexually abused women reported significantly higher levels of threats of abuse and physical abuse than women not sexually abused. Among the sexually abused women, not living with the abuser was correlated with higher threats of abuse, physical violence, and sexual abuse scores. The results of this study support previous research proposing a continuum of violence and possible escalation of violence when an abused woman leaves her abuser. ((c) 1998 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)

McWhirter, P. T. (1999). "La Violencia Privada: Domestic Violence in Chile." American Psychologist, 54, 37-40.
Language: English

Recently, concerted efforts have increased awareness and understanding concerning domestic violence in Chile. Within this decade, a series of government-sponsored research investigations was initiated to understand the prevalence, causes, and consequences of domestic violence. This article describes the current state of Chilean domestic violence in the context of recent historical and political underpinnings. Cultural factors that have influenced the prevalence of the problem are specifically addressed, and legal changes that affect domestic violence in Chile are explicated. The country's increasing awareness and concern for domestic violence are delineated, and both grassroots and governmental responses are outlined. It is hoped that this information provides a concise and comprehensive view of available information about Chilean domestic violence.

Morrison, A. R. & Biehl, M. L. (Eds.) (1999). Too Close to Home: Domestic Violence in the Americas. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.
Language: English

This book is a collection of essays by international authorities ranging from psychologists and doctors to economists and communication experts. Several authors analyze the economic and health costs imposed by domestic violence, documenting that domestic violence is both a serious public health issue and a severe impediment to economic development. Others examine promising approaches that have been used to combat domestic violence, including community treatment and prevention networks, telephone hotlines, judicial and police reform, anti-violence curricula in primary and secondary schools, street theater, and creative use of the mass media. The book is based on the 1997 IDB conference, "Domestic Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: Costs, Programs and Policies."

Morrison, A. R. & Orlando, M. B. (N.D.) El impacto socio-económico de la violencia doméstica en contra la mujer en Chile y Nicaragua [The socio-economic impact of domestic violence against women in Chile and Nicaragua]. Washington, DC: Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo – Unidad de la Mujer en el Desarrollo [Interamerican Development Bank – Women in Development Unit].
Language: Spanish

This document, prepared by the authors for the Interamerican Development Bank, provides sobering statistics regarding domestic violence throughout Latin America. The authors explore the economic impact of domestic violence in these societies, as well as the social repercussions on the children of abused women. They discuss the intergenerational transmission of violence as a possible consequence of childhood witnessing of violence. The study provides quantitative estimates of the economic and social cost of domestic violence in Chile and Nicaragua, two countries chosen because of its great dissimilarity due to their differing economic stages of development.

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