Domestic Violence and Hispanic Women Research Paper by Nicky

Domestic Violence and Hispanic Women
Looks at the use of the evidence based practice protocol (EBPP) to detect domestic violence victims among Hispanic women.
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This paper explains that Hispanic women are more likely to be injured during intimate partner violence incidents than non-Hispanic women; therefore, domestic violence (DV) among Latinos is considered an especially serious problem among the growing Latino population. Next, the author reveals that, although a high percentage of female victims of DV do go to emergency rooms, within the Latino population, psycho-cultural concerns are leading to underreporting of such incidents, which complicates the development of actions to counter DV. The paper urges the development and implementation of an evidence based practice protocol (EBPP) as a tool to be used in primary care medical practices within this population to screen for potential DV cases. Several figures, tables and extensive appendixes are included in the paper.

Table of Contents:
Table of Contents
Intimate Partner Violence
Clinical Practice Problem
Assessing DV Concerns
Study Aim and Objectives
Related Literature
Increasing Concerns
Myths and Facts Regarding DV
Studies Reveal
Inadequate Reporting
Need to Educate DV Victims
Domestic Violence and Hispanic Women
Domestic Abuse Screening Tests
EBP Process for EBPP
Analysis and Conclusion
Evidence Based Support

From the Paper:

"The prevalence of domestic violence among Hispanic women in the United States reportedly increases each year, simultaneously posing a high threat for the development of mental illness among this population. According to Rodriguez, Heilemann, Fielder, Ang, Nevarez, and Mangione (2008), Hispanic women who experience physical violence are at increased risk for mental and physical problems including depression, anxiety and substance abuse. To increase reports of domestic violence, it proves crucial on understand the cultural beliefs and practices of Hispanic women. This knowledge and awareness consequently will facilitate healthcare providers to specifically assess Hispanic women who present with signs and symptoms of physical abuse.
"Many Hispanic women believe their role in the family and community is inferior in comparison to males. Some of these women are brought up in homes with male role models who controlled and manipulated other family members. A number of these women also suffered sexual abuse when a child. It is common for Hispanic women to perceive violence as acceptable since many grew up in abusive homes. Young females who become involved in abusive relationships during early adulthood often come from a family with history of intimate partner violence (Pailler, Kassam-Adams, Datner, & Fein, 2007). For Latino women, the family is of utmost importance. Therefore, women frequently neglect their own health needs. Maternidad Latina (2008) observes that pressure to "keep the family together" may come from family or church members, even if it means suffering more abuse. Religious and societal beliefs may contribute to woman feeling guilty if/when she leaves her abusive partner or acts against his will. Hispanic women, particularly immigrants, may not be familiar with U.S. laws that protect women and children against violence, and not realize these laws may differ considerably from those in other countries. The Hispanic woman may also fear involving the law because of her immigration status. Other factors which may restrain Hispanic women from seeking help include the language barrier and lack of financial means."

Sample of Sources Used:

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Domestic Violence and Hispanic Women (2011, December 25) Retrieved April 19, 2024, from

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"Domestic Violence and Hispanic Women" 25 December 2011. Web. 19 April. 2024. <>