Barriers to and Methods of Help Seeking for Domestic Violence Victimization: A Comparison of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Women Residing in the United States

Ana J. Bridges, Marie E. Karlsson, Jennifer C. Jackson, Arthur R Andrews III, Bianca T. Villalobos

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This study examined strategies Hispanic and non-Hispanic White victims of domestic violence use to manage violence and leave their relationships. Participants (N = 76, 41% Hispanic) completed self-report questionnaires and a semistructured interview with a language-congruent research assistant. Hispanics reported child care needs and fears of social embarrassment as barriers to leaving, while non-Hispanic Whites reported fewer social supports as a barrier. Hispanics were more likely to use legal resources for help, while non-Hispanic Whites used more informal resources. Recognizing unique barriers to leaving abusive relationships and accessing help can guide service providers and others to target vulnerable populations more effectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1810-1829
Number of pages20
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2018



  • Hispanic
  • Latina
  • domestic violence
  • help seeking
  • service utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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