31 Facts about Domestic Violence in the Latin@ Communities

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1.- 1 in 3 Latinas have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.
2.- 1 in 12 Latinas have experienced domestic violence in the past 12 months.
3.- 63% of victimized Latinas experience multiple acts of victimization.
4.- 50% of Latinas who experience abuse never report it.
5.- Non-immigrant Latina survivor contact formal services for intimate partner
violence resources more often than immigrants Latinas.
6.- Due to barriers such as anti-immigrant laws, Latinas are 1/2 as likely to report abuse versus survivors from other ethnic/racial groups.
7.- 49% if Latino men know a victim of domestic violence.
8.- In one study, 19% of pregnant Latinas reported emotional violence during pregnancy by their partner.
9.- In one study 10% of pregnant Latinas reported physical violence during pregnancy by their partner.
10.- Latinas prefer to tell family members, female friends, or neighbors about their intimate partner violence, while non-Latinas may be more likely to tell health care workers or clergy.
11.- More recent immigrant Latinas may not be as familiar with laws, options and possibilities regarding their domestic violence experience.
12.- 44% of Lanin@s under 25 years old know a victim of domestic violence.
13.- 15.5 million kids live in homes where they witness domestic violence in the United States.
14.- 49% of Latin@s under 30 years old know a domestic violence victims.
15.- Reasons Latinas don't report intimate partner violence: fear and lack of they witness confidence in the police, shame, guilt, loyalty, and/ or ear of partners, fear of deportation, and previous experience with childhood victimization.
16.- Youth have a potential for demonstrating remarkable resiliency in overcoming adversity when they witness #domesticviolence.
17.- Threatening to take children away from Latinas if they leave is an especially powerful strategy some men use against undocumented non-English speaking woman.
18.- Many Latino men are actively engaged in ending violence against woman not only in the U.S but also in the Latin America learn more at www.teinvito.org
19.- Studies find parents think children are unaware if domestic violence occurring in their homes. They're not.
20.- More than half of Latin@s in the U.S know a victim of domestic violence.
21.- Latinas report seeking local shelters less than woman from other ethnic/racial groups; this is especially true for immigrant Latina survivors.
22.- In one study 35% of Latinas survivors reported an increased climate of fear due to the enforcement environment.
23.-Fewer 3 in 10 Latinas have heard of intimate partner violence protective order. Not many knew about local domestic violence agencies.
24.- 41% of Latinas believe the primary reason Latinas victims may not come forward is fear of deportation.
25.- Immigration status is a common and powerful control mechanism partners use to force immigrant woman to stay in abusive relationships.
26.- It is important for parents to talk with their children about domestic violence and sexual assault. Learn how www.wesaynomas.org
27.- 1-3 shelters do not have any Spanish-speaking staff. Let's make language access a priority www.languageaccessplans.org
28.- 61% Of Latinos who knew a victim of domestic say they intervened and did something for the victim. Men & woman responded similarly.
29.- ONLY HALF of the participating shelters offer child-related services, a service that is very important to Latinas survivors.
30.- 62% of Latinas woman know a domestic violence victim.
31.- #DomesticViolence in Latin communities is NOT A CULTURAL TRADITION.

Information in this report came from 

Casa de la esperanza 
National latin@ network 
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