Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 153–171 | Cite as

Intimate Partner Violence Among Hispanics: A Review of the Literature

  • Amanda M. CummingsEmail author
  • Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda
  • Melanie F. Sandoval


This paper analyzed the existing literature on risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence among Hispanics using the four-level social-ecological model of prevention. Three popular search engines, PsycINFO, PubMed, and Google Scholar, were reviewed for original research articles published since the year 2000 that specifically examined factors associated with intimate partner violence (IPV) among Hispanics. Factors related to perpetration and victimization for both males and females were reviewed. Conflicting findings related to IPV risk and protective factors were noted; however, there were some key factors consistently shown to be related to violence in intimate relationships that can be targeted through prevention efforts. Future implications for ecologically-informed research, practice, and policy are discussed.


Domestic violence Violence prevention Risk factors Protective factors Victimization 



Research reported in this publication was primarily funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program to Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, PI. Also supported by the National Institute On Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P60MD002266. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. Supplemental support from the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami School of Education and Human Development, and the Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC), Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department was also obtained. The research team also would like to acknowledge Hialeah Senior High School and the Partnership for Domestic Violence Prevention Community Advisory Board.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda M. Cummings
    • 3
    Email author
  • Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda
    • 1
  • Melanie F. Sandoval
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Nursing and Health StudiesUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2.School of NursingUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.School of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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