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Psychosocial Intervention

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GRACIA, Enrique; HERRERO, Juan; LILA, Marisol  and  FUENTE, Asur. Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Partner Violence Against Women Among Latin-American Immigrants in Spain. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.2, pp.135-144. ISSN 2173-4712.

This paper examines, first, data about perceptions and attitudes in Latin-American immigrants and the Spanish population towards intimate partner violence against women. Secondly, it explores correlates of attitudes towards reporting cases of partner violence against women in a sample of Latin-American immigrants. Three data sources, which include two representative samples of the Spanish population and a sample of Latin-American immigrants, are used. Results show significant differences between Spanish and immigrant perceptions and attitudes toward intimate partner violence against women. Analyses also show that positive attitudes among Latin-American immigrants towards reporting cases of partner violence were more frequent among those who were less tolerant, who perceived it as a major problem in society, and tended not to blame the victims. These results underline the importance of public attitudes towards intimate partner violence against women for the understanding and prevention of this social problem.

Keywords : partner violence against women; attitudes; reporting; immigrants.

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