Interpersonal Violence - Adults and Children

According to a CDC report, 1 in 4 women are abused in their lifetime by a current or former partner. Another study indicated that 1 in 3 women is murdered by a spouse or boyfriend (USDOJ). Latinas face particular barriers with the lack of bilingual bicultural services. They also experience fears of deportation and removal of their children which may deter them from asking for assistance.

CURRENT STATE

Participants noted two major issues impacting the Latino community:

  • Trafficking issues
  • Gang issues

BARRIERS

  • Mixed immigration families pose a problem; fear of deportation
  • Lack of resources available to Latinas including bilingual bicultural services
  • Need for interpreters who are bilingual/bicultural; linguistic diversity
  • Recognizing that male interpreters for a woman doesn’t work well
  • Parents fear talking about the issue especially if it is an older sibling in a gang threatening the family, and they don’t want to be separated from their younger children
  • Many Latino men are in the prisons for gang-related crimes
  • Alaska has a safe city initiative where cards are passed out by police in native languages, decreasing the barrier to services
  • Finding other places to meet the patient rather than a commercial building, which is not as trusted

BARRIERS TO RESEARCH INCLUDE:

  • Communities do not understand research
  • Academic need to develop relationships and establish rapport with the community

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AND PARTNERSHIPS

  • Mixed immigration families pose a problem; fear of deportation
  • Lack of resources available to Latinas including bilingual bicultural services
  • Need for interpreters who are bilingual/bicultural; linguistic diversity
  • Recognizing that male interpreters for a woman doesn’t work well
  • Parents fear talking about the issue especially if it is an older sibling in a gang threatening the family, and they don’t want to be separated from their younger children
  • Many Latino men are in the prisons for gang-related crimes
  • Alaska has a safe city initiative where cards are passed out by police in native languages, decreasing the barrier to services
  • Finding other places to meet the patient rather than a commercial building, which is not as trusted
  • Communities do not understand research
  • Academic need to develop relationships and establish rapport with the community
  • Need to tap into expertise from researchers in Latin America
  • Evaluate IPJC model on social change
  • Assess resiliency, coping strategies with an emphasis on assets
  • Work as a team to develop research protocol-community/academic partnership
  • Challenge for bi-national work

Immigrant and Refugee Victims of Domestic Violence Homicide in Washington State

Contact Information | Latino Center for Health | ginoa@uw.edu | lsm2010@uw.edu | 206-616-9365