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31 Facts About Domestic Violence in the Latin@ Community

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

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  1. 1 in 3 Latinas have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime
  2. 50% of Latinas who experience abuse never report it
  3. Due to barriers like anti-immigrant laws, Latinas are 1/2 as likely to report abuse vs survivors from other ethnic/racial groups
  4. 1 in 12 Latinas have experienced domestic violence in the past 12 months
  5. 63% of victimized Latinas experience multiple acts of victimization
  6. Non-immigrant Latina survivors contact formal services for intimate partner violence resources more often than immigrant Latinas
  7. More recent immigrant Latinas may not be as familiar w/laws, options, & possibilities regarding their domestic violence experience
  8. 44% of Latin@s under 25 years old know a victim of domestic violence
  9. In one study, 10% pregnant Latinas reported physical violence during pregnancy by their partner
  10. In one study 19% pregnant Latinas reported emotional violence during pregnancy by their partner
  11. 15.5 million kids live in homes where they witness domestic violence in the United States
  12. Many Latino men are actively engaged in ending violence against women not only in the U.S but also in Latin America. Learn more at www.teinvito.org
  13. Youth have potential for demonstrating remarkable resiliency in overcoming adversity when they witness domestic violence
  14. Latinas prefer to tell family members, female friends, or neighbors about their intimate partner violence, while non-Latinas may be more likely to tell health care workers or clergy
  15. Reasons Latinas don’t report intimate partner violence: fear and lack of confidence in the police, shame, guilt, loyalty and/or fear of partners, fear of deportation, and previous experience with childhood victimization
  16. 49% of Latin@s under 30 years old know a victim of domestic violence
  17. 61% of Latin@s who knew a victim of domestic violence, say that they intervened and did something for the victim. Men and women responded similarly
  18. In one study, 35% of Latina survivors reported an increased climate of fear due to the immigration enforcement environment
  19. Latinas report seeking local shelters less than women from other ethnic/racial groups; this is especially true for immigrant Latina survivors
  20. Studies find parents think children are unaware of domestic violence occurring in their homes. They’re not.
  21. 41% of Latin@s believe the primary reason Latin@ victims may not come forward is fear of deportation
  22. 49% of Latino men know a domestic violence victim
  23. An especially powerful strategy some men use against Latinas and other undocumented non-English speaking women is to threaten them with taking their children away if she leaves him
  24. Immigration status is a common and powerful control mechanism partners use to force immigrant women to stay in abusive relationships
  25. Fewer than 3 in 10 Latinas have heard of intimate partner violence protective orders. Not many knew about local domestic violence agencies
  26. 1 in 3 shelters do not have any Spanish-speaking staff. Let’s make language access a priority www.languageaccessplans.org
  27. 62% of Latina women know a domestic violence victim
  28. Only half of participating shelters in a study offered child-related services, a service that is very important to Latina survivors
  29. More than half of Latin@s in the U.S. know a victim of domestic violence
  30. Domestic violence in Latina communities is NOT traditional
  31. It is important for parents to talk with their children about domestic violence and sexual assault. Learn how at www.wesaynomas.org

Works Cited
Learn More: References. (2016, September). Retrieved from http://www.nationallatinonetwork.org/learn-more/facts-and-statistics/references
The NO MÁS Study: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault inteh Latin@ Community. (2015, November 16). Retrieved from http://www.decimosnomas.org/wp-content/uploads/4.16-NO-MAS-STUDY-media-findings-FINAL-FINAL-updated-Avon-logo-11.16.15.pdf
Realidades Latinas: A National Survey on the Impact of Immigration and Language Access on Latina Survivors. (2013, April). Retrieved from http://www.nationallatinonetwork.org/images/files/NLNRealidades_Latinas_The_Impact_of_Immigration_and_Language_Access_FINAL.pdf

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4 Responses

  1. Great info! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Casa de Esperanza says:

      Thanks, Robert!

  2. Jen says:

    Is this poster available in Spanish?

    1. Casa de Esperanza says:

      Yes! All of our information is available in English and Spanish, and people can switch between the languages at any time on our website without losing their place by clicking the English or Spanish links at the top. This infographic can be downloaded in Spanish here: http://nationallatinonetwork.org/es-blog/31-datos-sobre-la-violencia-domestica-en-la-comunidad-latina/

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