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LATINA IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: LIKELIHOOD OF REPORTING TO MID-SOUTH POLICE

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Title: LATINA IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: LIKELIHOOD OF REPORTING TO MID-SOUTH POLICE
Author: Pitts, Kimberly Mathis
Advisor(s): Tiano, Susan
Committee Member(s): Fiala, Robert
Lopez, Nancy
Williams, Yaschica
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Sociology
Subject: Latina
immigrant
domestic violence
police
LC Subject(s): Hispanic American women--Abuse 0f--Tennessee--Memphis
Women immigrants--Abuse of--Tennessee--Memphis
Victims of family violence--Tennessee--Memphis--Psychology
Abused women--Tennessee--Memphis--Psychology
Wife abuse--Tennessee--Memphis--Psychological aspects
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Domestic violence occurs across all ethnic and racial groups and affects women of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. However, research shows that battered women of Latin American descent are less likely to seek help from either formal or informal sources (West, Kantor, & Jasinski, 1998) and research done on Latina women in shelters suggest that these women are more likely to stay longer in an abusive relationship before seeking help (Torres, 1991). To contribute to the growing body of literature on race and domestic violence, this research will examine particular situational and individual-specific characteristics of domestic violence incidents experienced by Latina immigrant women living in Memphis, Tennessee. Based on a sample of 568 immigrant Latina women, this research seeks to determine whether particular situational and individual-specific characteristics of domestic violence incidents affect whether the Latina victims will report to the police. Despite the multitude of possible barriers to reporting domestic victimization to the police, many of the hypotheses have not been studied systematically.
Graduation Date: December 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12105


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