Author's Last Name
Palacio, M. C. (1994). Violencia sociofamiliar: Derrumbe ó
transformación [Social and family violence: Landslide or transformation].
Paper presented at the Congreso Latinoamericano de Familia Siglo
XX: hacia la Construcción de una Vida Cotidiana Diferente [Latin
American Family Congress XX Century: Toward the Construction of a Different
Daily Life] in Medellín, Colombia.
This presentation explores the relation between the violence experienced
in Colombian society and that being lived in homes throughout Colombia.
The author questions strategies that call for a social change towards
non-violence, at the same time as it persists on seeing the family in
out-dated terms in which domestic violence is ever present.
Perilla, J.L. (1999). "Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Issue:
The Case of Immigrant Latinos." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral
Sciences, 21(2), 107-133.
Using the writings of the late social psychologist Ignacio Martin-Baro
and other Latin American and Latino social scientists as a framework,
this article examines the issue of domestic violence from a human rights
perspective. As suggested by these writers, the antecedents, dynamics,
and effects of domestic abuse are explored bringing to bear the historical,
philosophical, cultural, social, spiritual, and political realities
of Latino immigrants in the United States. From this ecological perspective,
universal and culture-specific elements of this phenomenon are considered.
Finally, Freire's idea of 'concientización' (critical consciousness)
is used to delineate levels of awareness and responsibility necessary
to break the intergenerational transmission of domestic violence in
Perilla, J.L., Bakeman, R. & Norris, F.H. (1994). "Culture and
Domestic Violence: The Ecology of Abused Latinas." Violence and
Victims, 9(4), 325-338.
This study examined the predictors of domestic violence within a sample
of 60 immigrant Latinas, of whom 30 had sought assistance for abuse
and 30 had sought other family services. Hypotheses were derived from
several frameworks relevant to understanding abuse -- intrapsychic (learned
helplessness), interpersonal (family violence), and feminist theory.
Findings related to the specific formulations were subsequently combined
into a model of abuse in which the mutuality of communication within
the couple mediates the effects of husband's intoxication and environmental
stressors on the occurrence/severity of abuse. The study points out
the inadequacy of relying on any one existing theory and supports the
idea of taking an ecological approach to the study of abuse in specific
Perilla, J. L. & Pérez, F. (2002). "A program for immigrant
latino men who batter within the context of a comprehensive family intervention."
In E. Aldarondo and F. Mederos (Eds.) Men who batter: Intervention
and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society. New York: Civic Research
This chapter describes a culturally specific intervention program for
Latino men who batter that emerged in direct response to the request
of abused Latinas in a support and reflection group for Spanish-speaking
women in Georgia. The unique aspect of this intervention for males who
batter is its place as one of the components of a comprehensive program
for entire Latino immigrant families affected by domestic violence,
whose driving purpose is the increased safety of women and children.
The program uses an ecological framework in which many aspects of a
batterer’s environment are used to understand more fully the antecedents,
dynamics, and effects of domestic violence, including the way in which
Latino culture impacts the occurrence of abuse. The authors conceptualize
domestic violence as a violation of the fundamental human rights of
women and children that bear close parallels to the dynamic of terrorist
acts. The program philosophy is also informed by the works of Latin
American educators and social scientists in which the concept of concientización
(critical consciousness) is central to the goals of transformative interventions.
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