The Help-Seeking Behavior of Undocumented Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence During a Period of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

By: Veronica Gonzalez  

This study seeks to explore the adaptations and changes to the help-seeking behaviors and coping strategies used by undocumented survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) since the 2016 election of President Trump which has brought a rise of overt anti-immigrant rhetoric in the United States. The study was conducted in a city with a large immigrant and Latinx population in Southern California during 2018. The study uses in-depth semi-structured interviews with immigrant IPV survivors in order to understand their help-seeking behavior and coping strategies better. Additionally, interviews with victim advocates, service providers, and law enforcement officers who work with immigrant survivors were also conducted to supplement and compare the IPV survivor perspectives. Interviews were subsequently transcribed and analyzed for thematic content regarding factors affecting help-seeking and coping behaviors. Categories were then developed from the thematic analysis.

Domestic Violence, Immigrant, Anti-immigrant Sentiment, Help-seeking
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Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Veronica Gonzalez

Doctoral Student, Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine, United States
United States