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Alvarez, S. & Vichis, L. (N.D.). Reflexiones sobre la violencia [Reflections about violence]. Cuadernos para la Mujer, Serie Salud y Vida Cotidiana [Booklets for Women, Health and Daily Life Series, 4(1), 1-18. Language: Spanish

This booklet explores the issue of violence and tries to systematize and collect the available knowledge regarding this topic. The authors indicate that their goal is to begin a reflection about the issue of violence. They provide definitions, dynamics, and ideas about what causes violence, as well as statistics and ways in which women can work towards ending violence.

Anderson, M.J. (1993). A License to Abuse: The Impact of Conditional Status on Female Immigrants. Yale Law Journal, 102(6), 1401-1430. Language: English

Female aliens with conditional residency status have little legal recourse when married to abusive partners. The Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986 (IMFA) give husbands the authority to petition for conditional status for their wives. This factor combined with aliens' fear of bureaucratic involvement makes alien women reluctant to seek help. The law needs to be changed so that women can self-petition for conditional status and face reasonable evidentiary requirements for the change to permanent status. Fear of the bureaucracy also needs to be decreased.

Arbuckle, J., Olson, L., Howard, M., Billman, J. Anctil, C., & Sklar, D. (1996). Safe at home? Domestic violence and other homicides among women in New Mexico. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 27(2), 210-215. Language: English

The purpose of this study was to define the contribution of domestic violence to homicides in women in New Mexico and to examine differences in ethnicity, machanism, previous documented injuries, incidence of sexual assault, and use of alcohol or illicit drugs between DV and non-DV related homicides. A retrospective analysis of reports of the state office of the medical investigator from all female homicides from 1990 to 1993 in New Mexico. Of 134 homicides in women in that time period, 46% were perpetrated by a male intimate partner. The rate of homicide was 4.9 per 100,000 for American Indians, 1.7 for Hispanics and 1/8 for non-Hispanic Whites.

Arreola, S. G., Neilands, T. B., Pollack, L. M., Paul J. P., & Catania, J. A. (2004). Higher prevalence of childhood sexual abuse among Latino men who have sex with men: Data from the Urban Men’s Health Study. Child Abuse and Neglect, 29, 285-290. La

Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a predictor of sexual HIV risk behavior and other negative health outcomes among adults. However, the prevalence of CSA among Latino men who have sex with men has not been well established. In order to look into this further, this study uses a random-digit telephone probability survey of 2881 adult men (18 years or older) who have sex with men and reside in San Francisco, Chicago, New York or Los Angeles. The results show that a significantly higher proportion of Latino men who have sex with men report child abuse before age 13 (22%) than did non-Latino men who have sex with men (11%).

Asling-Monemi, K., Peña, R., Ellsberg, M. C., & Persson, L. A., (2003). Violence against women increases the risk of infant and child mortality: A case-referent study in Nicaragua. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 81(1), 10-18. Language: En

This article presents the results of an investigation conducted in Leon, Nicaragua. The purpose of the investigation was to study the impact of violence against mothers on mortality risks for their children before 5 years of age. Several factors were associated with higher infant and under 5 mortality such as the mother’s education, age, and parity. The results suggest an association between physical and sexual violence against mothers, either before or during pregnancy, and an increased risk of under-5 mortality of their offspring. Factors such as type of violence and severity were probably more relevant to the risk than timing. It was also concluded that child health was more impacted through maternal stress and care-behaviors rather than direct trauma itself.

Asociación Mexicana Contra la Violencia Hacia las Mujeres (COVAC). (1995). Encuesta de Opinión Pública sobre la Incidencia de Violencia en la Familia [Public Opinion Survey regarding the Incidence of Family Violence}. México, DF: COVAC – Asociación M

This book is the result of a collaborative effort between COVAC [Mexican Association against Violence Against Women], FNUAP the United Nations Population Fund, and the Justice Department of the Federal District of Mexico City. A public opinion survey was conducted in Mexico City and 9 other cities throughout Mexico in which a total of 3,300 persons randomly selected (50% of each gender) between the ages of 18 and 65, of different educational and SES levels, participated. The book contains 38 graphs and 45 tables regarding such variables as sociodemographic characteristics, types of violence, attitudes and beliefs regarding violence, injuries, etc. General conclusions are provided, as well as comments regarding the survey given by women in public office.

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