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The Risk of Partner Violence Among Low-Income Hispanic Subgroups

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Women with few social resources are at elevated risk of partner abuse. Certain evidence suggests that African American and Hispanic women, who are overrepresented in the lower socioeconomic strata, are at particularly high risk. We compare women's risk of partner violence, defined as moderate and severe, among 2,400 low-income African American, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic Whites from “Welfare, Children and Families: A Three City Study” and find that these groups differ in their risk of degrees of violence. Specific nation-of-origin Hispanic subgroups also manifest important differences in their violence risk profiles. We argue that a better understanding of victimization requires more detailed ethnic categorization and a more refined understanding of the meaning of domestic violence for different groups.

Keywords: Hispanic ethnicity; domestic violence; partner violence; poverty; race; severity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1University of Texas at Austin

Publication date: August 1, 2005

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