The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how long-term exposure to violence in the community and in the family has contributed to perception of intimate partner violence and willingness to access and utilize services among Central American Women who now reside in the United States. The sample consisted of 9 self-identified Central American women who experienced violence in their lifetime and identify as survivors of domestic violence.
The participants reported that they endured various experiences of violence throughout their lifetime. The participants' experiences ranged from witnessing violence in their household and in their communities, to being directly victimized by a family member, a stranger and their intimate partners. Additionally, participants expressed perception of how to improve outreach services in the community for women involved in an abusive relationship or who have survived domestic violence. Participants also provided their perception of services already provided in the community, and their willingness to access these services. Further research is needed on perception of service utilization, and types of services Central American and/or other Latina women perceive are beneficial and find helpful to increase their decision making skills when confronted with an act of violence in their relationships.
|Commitee:||Ranney, Molly, Tan, Philip|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Womens studies|
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