Study Says Latinos Respond to Domestic Violence 'Their Own Way' Due to Fear of…

Study Says Latinos Respond to Domestic Violence 'Their Own Way' Due to Fear of…
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Domestic violence affects millions of people around the world, but each one has a different way of approaching the issue.

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A follow-up study to the Avon Foundation for Women’s 2013 No More survey, specifically aimed at Hispanics-only, was recently conducted in conjunction with Casa de Esperanza National Latino Network for Healthy Families and Communities for No Mas.

No Mas had a study population of 800 respondents, which is significantly smaller than the 1,307 respondents they had in 2013. Despite this, the survey represented the largest, most comprehensive study ever conducted among Latinos on the subjects of domestic violence and assault.

The differences in responses from Latinos and non-Latinos were quite noticeable. The results, which were released this week, revealed that although both groups were almost equally likely to know someone who had been directly affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault, they had different methods of dealing with the situation.

For example, Latinos fail to report the abuse to authorities at a higher rate than the U.S. population as a whole for fear of deportation or retribution. But 61 percent for domestic violence and 60 percent for sexual abuse — disclosed that they had intervened to stop an episode of abuse on one or more occasions.

In addition, Latino respondents in No Mas were far less likely to be deterred from taking action, unlike the general American population surveyed for No More, where 87 percent of males who were victims of abuse said they had sought help but did not receive it.

“This is one of the results that really caught our attention,” Juan Carlos Areán, Senior Director of the National Latino Network, told Fox News Latino. “Members of the Latino community are already helping victims. They are eager to be involved, and they are optimistic about their own capacity to intervene.”

Some other differences in the surveys showed that Latinos are more likely to talk openly about issues of domestic and sexual assault with family and friends than non-Latinos. Eighty-three percent of the Latino respondents said they want to talk with their kids about healthy relationships.

Latinos are also more willing to intervene when it comes to children. Exactly 79 percent of respondents said they would speak up if they saw a boy behaving disrespectfully towards a girl or vice-versa.

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Areán said the “No Mas results are valuable because they offer an unprecedented look inside Latino communities and suggests actionable next steps for eradicating interpersonal violence.”