Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 904–912 | Cite as

Intimate Partner Violence and Its Associated Factors in a Sample of Colombian Immigrant Population in Spain

  • Sandra Milena Colorado-YoharEmail author
  • Andrés A. Agudelo-Suárez
  • José M. Huerta
  • Alberto M. Torres-Cantero
Original Paper


Immigrants are vulnerable to Intimate partner violence (IPV). This study aims at characterising IPV among Colombian immigrants, and to identify its associated factors. Cross-sectional study on 336 Colombian immigrants (46 % women), aged 15–70 years, living in Spain. Self-reported questionnaire information on IPV suffered throughout the last year was collected face-to-face. Multivariable logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with IPV. Almost 30 % of participants reported IPV, without differences by gender (p = 0.339). Partner’s alcohol consumption was associated with a higher frequency of being victim of IPV in both sexes. In women, low educational level, and discrimination were further associated to IPV. Younger age, and poorer self-perceived health in Spain as compared to Colombia were factors associated in men. Results showed similarly high levels of IPV among immigrant men and women. Alcohol consumption, education, discrimination, age, and poor self-perceived health were factors associated to IPV.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) Domestic violence Immigrants Colombians Spain 



The authors wish to thank all institutions, professionals, and Colombian immigrants who voluntarily participated in this study and who spent their scarce and valuable time to fill in the questionnaire and to share their experiences of IPV with us to make this work possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra Milena Colorado-Yohar
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Andrés A. Agudelo-Suárez
    • 4
    • 5
  • José M. Huerta
    • 1
    • 6
  • Alberto M. Torres-Cantero
    • 2
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyRegional Health Council-IMIB ArrixacaMurciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Health and Social SciencesUniversity of Murcia School of Medicine-IMIB ArrixacaMurciaSpain
  3. 3.National School of Public Health, Research Group on Demography and HealthUniversity of AntioquiaMedellínColombia
  4. 4.Public Health Research GroupUniversity of AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  5. 5.Faculty of DentistryUniversity of AntioquiaMedellínColombia
  6. 6.CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP)MadridSpain

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