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Valencia, A. & Van Hoorn, J. (1999). "La Isla Pacifica: A Haven
for Battered Mexican American Women." American Psychologist,
La Isla Pacifica serves women fleeing a violent partner. The shelter
is open to all women, but it differs from many of its counterparts because
it is designed to be a a good cultural and linguistic fit for Spanish-speaking
women of Mexican descent. An outline describes the program, structure,
program services, staffing, mission statement, and recommendations to
accommodate the interests of a majority of battered Mexican-American
women under the age of thirty years.
Van Hightower, N., R., Ph.D. & Gorton, J., Ph.D., LMSW. (1998). "Domestic
Violence among Patients at Two Rural Health Care Clinics: Prevalence and
Social Correlates." Public Health Nursing, 15(5), 355-362.
Despite a growing body of knowledge concerning family abuse, there
is little research focusing on domestic violence in rural settings.
Likewise, there is a paucity of research on family abuse among Hispanics.
This study examined the prevalence of spousal abuse among predominately
low income Hispanic patients of two rural health care clinics. The correlation
of certain social factors to domestic violence also was examined. Survey
data was collected from 155 adult female patients. Findings revealed
a 19% prevalence rate. This rate corresponds to recent measures of domestic
violence nationwide. A bivariate analysis showed a significant positive
relationship between spousal abuse and drug/alcohol use by victims'
intimate partners. Abuse was significantly related to the community
location of the health care clinics. The article concludes by discussing
implications of the study for rural domestic violence intervention,
treatment and research.
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