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Article 1: Bonomi, A.E., Holt, V.L., Martin, D.P., & Thomson, R.S. (2006). Severity of intimate partner violence and occurrence and frequency of police calls. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(10), 1354-1364.

Summary: This article examines female victims of severe physical, psychological, or sexual intimate partner violence to determine if this subgroup of victims have more calls for service than other abused women. The authors find that women with severe physical or psychological victimizations, or injuries sustained from any victimization, are more likely to call police than other abused women.

Questions to Consider:

1. How might this study contribute to the identification of victims of IPV?

2. Did you expected to see racial differences in the likelihood of calling the police? If so, why and was the direction of difference what you expected?

3. Overall, an increase in an offense’s severity was associated with increases of calls to police. Why might those involved in cases of lesser severity be associated with fewer calls to police?


Article 2: Erez, E., Adelman, M. & Gregory, C. (2009). Intersections of immigration and domestic violence: Voices of Battered Immigrant Women. Feminist Criminology, 4(1), 32-56.

Summary: This article examines the intersectionality of social inequalities, social identities, and domestic violence. Using interviews with immigrant women from 35 countries, the author sought to analyze the relationship between immigration and the incidence of domestic violence. The authors find that immigration does indeed have a relationship with domestic violence, insofar that it helps to form how women understand, experience, and react to it.

Questions to Consider:

1. How might practitioners use knowledge of the relationship between immigration and domestic violence to increase prevention and treatment?

2. What issues might be encountered when trying to apply domestic violence prevention and treatment programs to individuals of distinct and different cultural backgrounds?

3. How would you approach the issue of non-reporting in cases of domestic violence at the community-level? The individual level?


Article 3: Morrison, K.E., Luchok, K.J., Richter, D.L. & Parra-Medina, D. (2006). Factors influencing help-seeking from informal networks among African American victims of intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(11), 1493-1511.

Summary: This article seeks to further the understanding of challenges faced specifically by African-American women in abusive relationships when seeking help. Utilizing data generated from interviews the authors find that although help was offered, informal networks are generally not emotionally supportive. In addition, there is condemnation of the victim in the African-American community rather than support.

Questions to Consider:

1. Why might family and friends be unwilling to become directly involved in the life of a victim?

2. How can practitioners improve the identification and treatment of domestic violence victims for cases in which informal networks offer little support?

3. At the intersection of race, gender, and domestic violence lies the victimized African-American woman. How can this subgroup of victims be supported in the community and at the individual level?


Article 4: Reina, A.S., Lohman, B.J. & Maldonado, M.M. (2014). “He said they’d deport me”: Factors influencing domestic violence help-seeking practices among Latina immigrants. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(4), 593-615.

Summary: This article contributes to the domestic violence literature by examining the experiences with outreach services of Latina immigrant victims of partner abuse in the Midwest. Using interviews, the authors find that Latina victims are limited in help-seeking as a result of immigration status and the inability to understand domestic violence in American society. Few resources are available for this subgroup of women in the event of domestic violence.

Questions to Consider:

1. Concerning victim services, why might the experience of Latina immigrant victims of domestic violence be different than immigrant victims of other races/cultures?

2. Are there other barriers to domestic violence services experienced by Latina immigrant victims that might not have been examined by the authors? If so, what barriers?

3. What services would you propose to increase the available outreach services for Latina immigrant victims of domestic violence?