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Torres, S. (1998). "Intervening with Battered Hispanic Pregnant Women." In J.C. Campbell, Empowering Survivors of Abuse: Health Care for Battered Women and their Children (pp. 259-270). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Language: English

Culturally specific interventions that target Hispanic women are needed if we are to effectively combat the problem of woman abuse in this population. The role that culture plays in battered Hispanic women's access to health care services and the provision of services must be more clearly understood. The ways that different cultures view health and illness are frequently unknown to health care providers of other cultural backgrounds. Cultures also have their own ways of viewing pregnancy, their own definition of woman abuse, and their own mechanisms for coping with the problem of abuse. Health care professionals should make efforts to learn to provide quality care to those of all cultural groups, including Hispanic women. By delivering care in a culturally sensitive manner, the providers are best able to respond appropriately to the needs of Hispanic women. This chapter focuses on the cultural, socioeconomic, and health factors that should be considered in caring for battered Hispanic pregnant women and makes recommendations for culturally relevant interventions to respond to their needs. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)

Trinch, S. L. (2001). "The advocate as gatekeepers: The limits of politeness in protective order interviews with Latina survivors of domestic abuse." Journal of Sociolinguistics, 5 (4), 475-506. Language: English

This article examines how interviewers linguistically create and manage their identities as institutional gatekeepers for their agencies and institutional advocates for their clients in protective order application interviews. Thirty protective order interviews were conducted at a district attorney’s office or at a pro bono law office. Analysis of the verbal interaction between protective order application interviewers and their Latina clients investigates what positive politeness strategies can reveal about how interviewers allow clients to give their accounts of abuse. Additionally, what interviewers say to clients as well as how interviewers allow clients to give their accounts of abuse is examined

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