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Aldarondo, E. (1998). Perpetrators of Domestic Violence. In
A. Bellack and M. Hersen (Eds.) Comprehensive Clinical Psychology (pp.
437-452). New York: Pergamon Press.
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
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:
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
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.
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
Anderson, M.J. (1993). A License to Abuse: The Impact of Conditional
Status on Female Immigrants. Yale Law Journal, 102(6), 1401-1430.
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,
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.
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.
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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