skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 201930 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Immigration, Domestic Violence, and the Military
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:9  Issue:9  Dated:September 2003  Pages:1093-1117
Author(s): Edna Erez; Shayna Bach
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 98-WT-VX-0030
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses abuse among immigrant women married or engaged to United States servicemen.
Abstract: The plight of immigrant women abused by intimate partners or husbands has begun to be addressed in research and policy. No studies have focused on a special group of battered immigrant women--military brides. This study presents data on the abuse experiences and appeals for support services and justice of 10 battered immigrant military wives or intimate partners. In-depth interviews with the women were conducted, themes were identified, and the intersectionality of immigration status and military spouse or intimate partner status in the lives of these women was explored. The results indicate that cultural aspects and core values of the military, such as unit cohesion, military readiness, honor, duty, and service, are embedded in abuse of immigrant partners and in the military community’s response. Military culture routinely places organizational needs above the well being of military spouses, trivializing the abuse, as victims/survivors are pressured to forgive and forget. Immigration circumstances and status interact with the military context to compound the abuse, further marginalize victims/survivors, and weaken the military social service and legal systems’ response. A larger representative sample would be necessary to draw more conclusive statements. The findings may help the military in addressing domestic violence among its ranks. 10 notes, 33 references
Main Term(s): Domestic assault; Military crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; Domestic relations; Female victims; Immigrants/Aliens; Location specific crime
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.