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Wiist, W.H., & McFarlane, J. (1998). "Utilization of Police by Abused and Pregnant Women." Violence Against Women, 4(6), 677-693. Language: English

Describes the association of the severity of abuse among pregnant Hispanic women and their use of police as a community resource. 329 Hispanic prenatal patients (aged 15-42 years) at urban public health clinics, who were assessed during routine prenatal care as abused, completed the Severity of Violence Against Women Scales (L. Marshall, 1992) and were asked about frequency and effectiveness of their utilization of police. Of the 23% who had used the police, 72% reported that police were very or somewhat effective. Of the women who had used police, 37% said that the violence had ended compared with 22% of the nonusers. Women who had used the police in the past 12 months had experienced more severe abuse than those women who had not. Longitudinal research is needed to determine whether increased severity precedes or follows abused women's use of the police so that the women may be counseled appropriately. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved).

Williams, K.C. (1994)." Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color." In M. A. Fineman & R. Mykitiuk, (Eds.). The Public Nature of Private Violence (pp. 93-118). Routledge. Language: English

The author illustrates how patterns of subordination intersect in women’s experiences of domestic violence. While the intersection of race, gender and class constitute the primary structural elements of the experience of many Black and Latina women in shelters for battered women, there are other sites where structures of power intersect, including immigration status and language barriers. Focusing on two dimensions of male violence against women–battering and rape–-this article considers how the experiences of women of color are frequently the product of intersecting patterns of racism and sexism, and how these experiences tend not to be represented within the discourse of either feminism or antiracism. In the first part of the article, the author discusses structural intersectionality, the ways in which the location of women of color at the intersection of race and gender makes their actual experience of domestic violence, rape, and remedial reform qualitatively different from that of a white woman. The focus of the second part of the article is on political intersectionality, where she analyzes how both feminist and antiracist politics have functioned in tandem to marginalize the issue of violence against women of color. At the end, the article examines the implications of the intersectional approach within the broader scope of contemporary identity politics.

Women Against Abuse. (1994). Subsistiendo la Violencia Doméstica: Manual de Ayuda para la Mujer {Surviving Domestic Violence: A Help Manual for Women]. Philadelphia, PA: Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Mujeres Contra el Maltrato, Las Mujeres en Transició

This book, written and published by a community based organization in Philadelphia, provides basic information regarding resources and services for battered women, as well as a history of Women Against Abuse.

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