Help-Seeking Behavior Among Moroccan, Romanian, and Ecuadorian Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in Spain

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Title: Help-Seeking Behavior Among Moroccan, Romanian, and Ecuadorian Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in Spain
Authors: Vives-Cases, Carmen | La Parra-Casado, Daniel
Research Group/s: Salud Pública | Investigación en Género (IG) | Observatorio Europeo de Tendencias Sociales (OBETS)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología II | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Estudios de Género
Keywords: Battered women | Help-seeking | Immigrant | Intimate partner violence
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública | Sociología
Issue Date: 17-May-2017
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Citation: Violence and Victims. 2017. doi:10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-14-00157
Abstract: This study aims to identify different types of response to intimate partner violence (IPV) and help-related seeking behavior among Spain’s most numerous immigrant groups— Moroccans, Romanians, and Ecuadorians. Women reporting physical, sexual and/or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner (n = 194) were selected from a cross-sectional study based on 1,607 surveys (2011). There are 84% of surveyed battered women who reported seeking help through informal and/or formal channels. The most frequently reported informal help-seeking behavior was talking with the abusive partner (from 63% to 83%). Moroccans identified social services (29.6%) and health care (25.9%) professionals as their most frequently used formal resources when seeking help. Approximately 32% of Ecuadorians and Romanians declared having reported their partners to the police. Among all of the women, seeking help through formal channels was more probable in cases where the severity of IPV was high (adjusted odds ratio = 5.69, 95% confidence interval [2.29, 14.12]). It is needed to increase professionals’ opportunities to intervene in cases of IPV before they become severe.
Sponsor: We want to thank the Carlos III Health Institute (Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain) for financial support for the project “Intimate Partner Violence Among Immigrant Women in Spain: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Determinants of Access to Social and Health Services” [PI10/00151].
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/66908
ISSN: 0886-6708 (Print) | 1945-7073 (Online)
DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-14-00157
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Springer Publishing Company
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-14-00157
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