Journal of Family Violence

, 21:19 | Cite as

Fighting Families: Family Characteristics Associated with Domestic Violence in Five Latin American Countries


This study uses data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs) to examine the relationship between familial characteristics and the likelihood of experiencing domestic violence in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Peru. Logistic regression techniques are used to measure relationships between marital status, family size, partner alcohol use, socioeconomic status (SES), decision-making power, and education homogamy and the likelihood of experiencing partner violence. Cohabitation, female-dominant decision making, and partner alcohol are positively associated with domestic violence across datasets. Family size, SES, and education homogamy emerged as statistically significant in some, but not all of the datasets. This study helps clarify the profile of the abused Latina and also tests the applicability of current abuse research to a non-Western setting.


Latin America spouse abuse family violence marital violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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