Needs and preferences for the prevention of intimate partner violence among hispanics: A community's perspective

R. M. Gonzalez-Guarda, A. M. Cummings, M. Becerra, M. C. Fernandez, I. Mesa

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Research suggest that Hispanics in the U.S. are disproportionately affected by the consequences of intimate partner violence. Nevertheless, few intimate partner violence prevention interventions have been developed to address the unique needs and preferences of this population. The Partnership for Domestic Violence Prevention is a community-based participatory research project that assessed the needs and preferences for prevention programs for Hispanics in Miami-Dade County. Nine focus groups with domestic violence service providers, victims and general community members were conducted (N = 76). Four major themes emerged from the focus groups. These included immigrants and teens as the highest priority groups to target in prevention efforts, culture as a double-edged sword, the system that helps and hurts the victim, and the need for wide-scale prevention programs that would reach Hispanics systematically. The results from this study have important implications for the development of intimate violence prevention interventions targeting Hispanics in the U.S.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-235
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Primary Prevention
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Community-based participatory research
  • Focus groups
  • Hispanics
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)


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