Deusdad-Ayala, Blanca; Moya, Eva M.; Chávez-Bara, Silvia M.
January 2012
Portularia: Revista de Trabajo Social;2012, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p13
Academic Journal
Case Study
Violence against women has been evident in different areas along the history in simple or complex societies. Even in modern western societies, domestic violence is transversely present and affects women of different social groups, bearing no relation with their socio-economic or cultural level. However, the data show differences among racial/ethnic groups in the duration of the abuse. The level of education and the cultural factors have a direct effect on how women face domestic violence, and show higher vulnerability in women with lower levels of literacy (Gondolf et Fisher 1988; McCloskey et to., 2002, Davins et to., 2010).The aim of this paper is to analyze the case study of El Paso, Texas, bordering Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The challenges and opportunities encountered by migrant women who are victims of violence once they reach the United States show a double marginalization, as immigrants and women. What are the mechanisms involved in producing this type of relationship? What protection do women get? What is the specific problem in the case of immigrant women? We will focus on Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services (DMRS), a community-based organization in El Paso, Texas which offers workshops and programs to help and empower immigrant women that had suffered domestic violence.


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