Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 35–47 | Cite as

Intimate Partner Violence among Latino Women: Rates and Cultural Correlates

  • Chiara Sabina
  • Carlos A. Cuevas
  • Elizabeth Zadnik
Original Article


While various forms of intimate partner violence (IPV) within the Latino community have been explored to some extent, the role of immigrant status and acculturation on IPV remains unclear. The current study investigated the lifetime rate of physical, sexual, stalking, and threat IPV, as well as the profile of abuse tactics used against victimized Latino women. Further, the influence of immigrant status, Anglo orientation, Latino orientation, and the interaction of immigrant status and acculturation variables on IPV were examined. Data came from the Sexual Assault Among Latinas (SALAS) study that gathered data from a national sample of Latino women (N = 2,000) via telephone interviews. Results showed 15.6 % of Latino women experienced IPV in their lifetime and threat IPV was the most common form of IPV. Physical, sexual, stalking and threat IPV were all used as abusive tactics in various configurations. Logistic regression analyses showed immigrants were less likely than U.S. born Latino women to experience any IPV and physical IPV. Anglo orientation was associated with increased odds of any IPV and stalking IPV while Latino orientation was associated with decreased odds of all forms of IPV. Furthermore, the protective effect of Latino orientation for stalking IPV was pronounced among immigrants. Together the results show that 1 in 6 Latino women experience IPV and that sociocultural factors such as immigrant status and acculturation are important considerations for this group, underscoring the influence of migration and cultural adaptation to family functioning.


Intimate partner violence Latino women Immigrants Acculturation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiara Sabina
    • 1
  • Carlos A. Cuevas
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Zadnik
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Behavioral Sciences and EducationPenn State HarrisburgMiddletownUSA
  2. 2.School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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