Victimization and Attitudes Towards Woman Abuse of Impoverished Minority Women

DeKeseredy, W (2005) Victimization and Attitudes Towards Woman Abuse of Impoverished Minority Women. Western Criminology Review, 6(1), pp. 1-11.

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There has been virtually no research on the linkages between poor minority women’s attitudes toward woman abuse and their experiences of mistreatment. In this article, this relationship is explored for 144 women from three racial groups living in public housing in a Minnesota city. One unique aspect of the study is the inclusion of Hmong women, members of a group originally from several areas of Southeast Asia, and about whom little is known. Generally, while there were no differences between groups, and a few within the Black or White groups, Hmong women who agreed with male privilege were five times more likely to be abused than other Hmong women, while Hmong women who disagreed with statements approving of male aggression in certain specific situations were only one third as likely to be abused. The results suggest that while rates of abuse among minority poor women are profound, agreement with certain patriarchal norms that may validate abuse varies considerably, and may have different consequences for different ethnic groups. Further research examining potential reasons for these variations is needed if policy makers and practitioners are to adequately address these women’s experiences of abuse.

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ID Code: 51756
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1096-4886
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 06:10
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 04:39

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