Early on in its development, Alianza conducted a number of surveys, community assessments and focus groups to identify the gaps and barriers to DV services that existed in our communities. In addition to voicing a need for more bilingual staff and culturally competent programming and training, agencies that served Latinas/os said they needed materials that would better inform their services. They said they needed brochures on various topics including legal issues, teen dating violence, self-empowerment, sexual assault; articles and statistics about Latinas/os and domestic violence; information about model programs that worked with Latina survivors and batterers; information about the effects of violence on Latino children; and materials that that shed light on the intersectionality of domestic violence and gender, race, class, ethnicity, immigration status, mental health, substance abuse, etc.
Over the course of the years, Alianza has made efforts to address this gap in information by producing numerous publications which are available for downloading, including informational booklets, brochures, manuals, curricula, position papers and other materials. To access these resources click on any item on the list on this page.
However, it is not possible for one organization to fill all the gaps, so we have also created an Other Resources section that provides links to other agencies, organizations and resources that provide an array of materials.
Alianza, under the leadership of Dr. Julia Perilla, who for several years headed El Centro, Alianza’s small research center at Georgia State University, created an annotated bibliography for the purpose of presenting a compilation of literature regarding the issue of domestic violence in Latino/a populations in the United States as well as in Latin America and Spain. The articles, chapters, and books are presented in alphabetical order by author, and the language in which it is written is noted under each title. (The bibliography is now searchable by topic.)
The list includes a wide array of literature, representative of many of the current theories and methodologies regarding the issue of domestic violence. We have opted to include all the articles we have identified, without regard to their methodological or theoretical merit. We hope that the reader will be able to apply her or his own criteria as to their validity and relevance.
We hope this annotated bibliography will prove useful to the field and that it will foster innovative and culturally competent research about domestic violence in Latino communities. We look forward to our role as collaborators with other researchers, advocates, service providers, and policy makers as we continue to generate and disseminate our collective knowledge regarding the manner in which domestic violence affects our Latino families and communities.
Note to users: Not all documents included here are the product of research studies. Also included are newspaper clippings and interviews with survivors and advocates that we hope will enhance our ability to understand more fully the human dimension of this complex phenomenon. In addition, we have included books and articles from several countries throughout Latin America and Spain, in order to provide a more thorough exploration of this topic as we look beyond our borders to the work that has been emerging throughout Spanish-speaking countries.
We realize that this bibliography is a work in progress and we invite the reader to join our efforts to continue adding new and existing literature to our list.