strategies did Latina survivors use to survive abuse?
Resilience and Resistance Strategies
Latina survivors report multiple strategies to survive abuse. Among them2:
Latinas use many different strategies to survive abuse
- Defending (protecting one’s body, fighting back, locking self in room, and teaching children to call the police)
- Spiritual or psychological (joining a support group and maintaining a relationship with God)
- Social or familial (maintaining relationships with supportive people, not involving family members to protect them, and support/advice from other battered women)
- Escaping (moving to an undisclosed location, disguising themselves, and saving personal money)
Other strategies reported by Latina survivors who had used violence against their partners24:
- Dialoguing with partner
- Using threats
- Hobbies or studying
- Calling police
Regardless of their immigration status, Latina survivors of IPV demonstrate remarkable resilience and resourcefulness in addressing their plight. These strengths should be investigated further and used in programs and services that attempt to assist them.
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