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Exploring Latina Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Resiliency

Janice E Castro, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Traumatic events may include experiences of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, bullying, community-based violence, disaster, terrorism, and war (SAMHSA, 2014). According to the Center for Disease and Control (2017) one out of every four (34.4%) Latinx women in the United States have been raped, physically abused, and/or stalked by their intimate partner at some point in their life (Smith et al., 2017). Yet, Latinx have been underrepresented in extant research on intimate partner violence. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore Latinx intimate partner violence survivors’ resiliency by identifying the strategies they used to survive the abuse using a semi-structured interview protocol as one form of data collection. The intent to focus on Latinx intimate partner violence survivors coping strategies provided a universal essence to their lived experiences. Contributing to the research of coping strategies among a marginalized community of Latinx will allow for clinicians, agencies, and researchers to understand how to better promote healing, recovery, and growth for trauma survivors and their families through holistic, integrated, community-centered, and evidence-based services steeped in a social justice framework.

Subject Area

Counseling Psychology|Mental health|Latin American Studies|Public health

Recommended Citation

Castro, Janice E, "Exploring Latina Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Resiliency" (2021). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI28411370.