Author's Last Name
MacCulloch, C. (1997). Domestic violence: Private pain, public issue.
The IDB Special Report. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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].
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
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