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Palacio, M. C. (1994). Violencia sociofamiliar: Derrumbe ó transformación [Social and family violence: Landslide or transformation]. Paper presented at the Congreso Latinoamericano de Familia Siglo XX: hacia la Construcción de una Vida Cotidiana Dife

This presentation explores the relation between the violence experienced in Colombian society and that being lived in homes throughout Colombia. The author questions strategies that call for a social change towards non-violence, at the same time as it persists on seeing the family in out-dated terms in which domestic violence is ever present.

Perilla, J. L. & Pérez, F. (2002). "A program for immigrant latino men who batter within the context of a comprehensive family intervention." In E. Aldarondo and F. Mederos (Eds.) Men who batter: Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse So

This chapter describes a culturally specific intervention program for Latino men who batter that emerged in direct response to the request of abused Latinas in a support and reflection group for Spanish-speaking women in Georgia. The unique aspect of this intervention for males who batter is its place as one of the components of a comprehensive program for entire Latino immigrant families affected by domestic violence, whose driving purpose is the increased safety of women and children. The program uses an ecological framework in which many aspects of a batterer’s environment are used to understand more fully the antecedents, dynamics, and effects of domestic violence, including the way in which Latino culture impacts the occurrence of abuse. The authors conceptualize domestic violence as a violation of the fundamental human rights of women and children that bear close parallels to the dynamic of terrorist acts. The program philosophy is also informed by the works of Latin American educators and social scientists in which the concept of concientización (critical consciousness) is central to the goals of transformative interventions.

Perilla, J.L. (1999). "Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Issue: The Case of Immigrant Latinos." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 21(2), 107-133. Language: English

Using the writings of the late social psychologist Ignacio Martin-Baro and other Latin American and Latino social scientists as a framework, this article examines the issue of domestic violence from a human rights perspective. As suggested by these writers, the antecedents, dynamics, and effects of domestic abuse are explored bringing to bear the historical, philosophical, cultural, social, spiritual, and political realities of Latino immigrants in the United States. From this ecological perspective, universal and culture-specific elements of this phenomenon are considered. Finally, Freire's idea of 'concientización' (critical consciousness) is used to delineate levels of awareness and responsibility necessary to break the intergenerational transmission of domestic violence in this population.

Perilla, J.L., Bakeman, R. & Norris, F.H. (1994). "Culture and Domestic Violence: The Ecology of Abused Latinas." Violence and Victims, 9(4), 325-338. Language: English

This study examined the predictors of domestic violence within a sample of 60 immigrant Latinas, of whom 30 had sought assistance for abuse and 30 had sought other family services. Hypotheses were derived from several frameworks relevant to understanding abuse -- intrapsychic (learned helplessness), interpersonal (family violence), and feminist theory. Findings related to the specific formulations were subsequently combined into a model of abuse in which the mutuality of communication within the couple mediates the effects of husband's intoxication and environmental stressors on the occurrence/severity of abuse. The study points out the inadequacy of relying on any one existing theory and supports the idea of taking an ecological approach to the study of abuse in specific populations.