Family Closeness and Domestic Abuse Among Caribbean and South American Women in South Florida

Maria Aysa-Lastra, Patria Rojas, Frank R. Dillon, Rui Duan, Mario de la Rosa

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This paper focuses on the importance of family member closeness as a protective factor against domestic abuse. We explore the link between long-lasting relations within the family and intra-familial violence perpetrated against women in Latino households in South Florida. We use data from an Inter-generational Transmission of Drug Use between Latina Mothers and Daughters (ITDMD) study. The study includes data on family relations and domestic abuse. We estimate a series of multivariate regressions to obtain the probability of abuse against women, the types of abuse inflicted and the relationship with the abusers. Our results indicate that among abused women, the effects of long-lasting relations within the family differ depending on the type of relationship between the abuser and the victim and the degree of closeness the victim feels towards other family members. Given these findings, there is a need to further study family relations and abuse in Latino households.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-559
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Abuse
  • Family relations
  • Intra-family violence
  • Latinas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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