Domestic violence in Hispanics in the Southeastern United States: A survey and needs analysis

Carolyn Murdaugh, Salena Hunt, Richard Sowell, Irma Santana

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Violence is a significant health issue for Latinas in the United States (US), with 54.9% reporting violent victimization. However, little is known about battering among Hispanic women in the southeast. The southeastern corridor, a rural area in search of cheap labor, is a magnet for undocumented agricultural workers. The purpose of this study was to describe domestic violence in Hispanic/Latino women in the southeastern US, including type and frequency of violence experienced, barriers to obtaining treatment, and services needed by women who have been abused. Hispanic women completed questionnaires developed from information from focus groups. Results indicate that domestic violence is a major health problem for women in the southeast, and document previous findings as well as offer new insights about Hispanic women who have experienced domestic violence. Implications are discussed in terms of the need for community partnerships and interventions, as well as routine screening and crisis intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-115
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Domestic violence
  • Hispanic
  • Latinas
  • Needs
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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