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The National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change

The National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change is one of the cornerstones of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities--a network of individuals and organizations interested in the health and well-being of Latin@ communities, which is supported by Casa de Esperanza.  The research center is located at Georgia State University.

What makes the research center different?

The National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change engages Latin@ community members (women, men, children, and youth) in generating accurate, relevant, valid, and reliable research using unique and cutting-edge approaches. For example, the center is a pioneer in the area of Latin@ participatory action research, an approach that is particularly appropriate for in-depth exploration of the context of violence in our communities.

The center’s work is complemented by an advisory council of nationally recognized researchers and academics with extensive and diverse expertise in a variety of fields of specific relevance to Latin@ communities.

The research center has two primary goals:

  1. Increase academic and practitioners’ knowledge about Latin@ communities’ experiences in the U.S.A. and the multidimensional issue of domestic violence (also termed intimate partner violence or IPV).
  2. Support and promote the training and mentoring of Latin@ researchers.

How do the members of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities benefit from the research center?

Members have access to culturally relevant and cutting-edge research that focuses on Latin@ realities and the impact domestic violence has on Latin@ families and communities. A few of the topics that the center has investigated are

  • The context in which IPV occurs from the perspectives of Latina survivors who stay in their relationships and women who leave their partners.
  • Cultural codes that Latino men use to promote healthy behaviors or as justification for their violence.
  • The perspectives of Latin@ youth witnesses of IPV on health, gang involvement, the relationship with their parents, peer and dating relationships, and strengths and resilience.