Intimate Partner Violence Among Stigmatized Latina Workers

  • Fernandez-Esquer M
  • Diamond P
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Abstract

Latinas recently immigrated to the United States who work in bars or cantinas are at risk of experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) due to the heavy drinking and sex-related expectations associated with their work and the stigmatized nature of their occupation. We explored the influence of demographic characteristics, substance abuse, and sexual risk behaviors on IPV reported by cantineras for primary and nonprimary sexual partners. Results based on interviews conducted with 669 cantineras indicate that length of residency in the United States and current sexual practices predict IPV perpetrated by both their primary and nonprimary sexual partners. There were also partner-specific predictors of violence related to the substance use and working practices of cantineras. Our findings have implications for understanding the partner violence experienced by this subgroup of stigmatized Latina immigrants and for the ability of current IPV research to capture their experience.

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  • Latinas
  • immigrant women
  • intimate partner violence
  • stigma

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Authors

  • Maria Eugenia Fernandez-Esquer

  • Pamela M. Diamond

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