Violence Against Latinas: The Effects of Undocumented Status on Rates of Victimization and Help-Seeking

Elizabeth Zadnik, Chiara Sabina, Carlos A. Cuevas

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Abstract

This study investigated whether legal status was related to interpersonal victimization and help-seeking by comparing Latina immigrants with permanent legal status with Latina immigrants who are undocumented on rates of reported interpersonal victimization, types of perpetrators, and rates of help-seeking. Data come from the Sexual Assault Among Latinas (SALAS) study, which interviewed 1,377 immigrant Latinas about their lifetime histories of sexual assault, physical assault, stalking, and threats along with help-seeking efforts. Results did not reveal significant differences between legal status and reported victimization rates or types of perpetrators. However, undocumented Latinas (n = 91) were less likely to seek formal help than those with permanent status. Results of this study indicate that undocumented status does not independently put women at risk of victimization, but that responses to violence are related to legal status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1141-1153
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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