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NCJ Number: 220579 Find in a Library
Title: Weakness of Family Ties and Their Perpetuating Effects on Gender Violence: A Qualitative Study in Mexico
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:13  Issue:11  Dated:November 2007  Pages:1206-1220
Author(s): Carolina Agoff; Cristina Herrera; Roberto Castro
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Twenty-five women living in Mexico who had been treated for domestic violence were interviewed about their social networks both inside and outside their families.
Abstract: The study found that the intimate partner violence (IPV) experienced by these women involved not only features of the couple's interaction, but also a complex set of relationships in the social environment that contributed to the perpetuation of the IPV. Findings show that members of an abused woman's family provided advice and support that were conditioned by dominant concepts of gender roles, making it difficult for them to provide helpful guidance and support. The women also reported the intrusion of members of their partners' families. This was particularly significant because of the widespread Mexican custom of young couples living with the husband's family. Conflicts often arose between the IPV victim and her mother-in-law, who traditionally monopolizes control of the home. The IPV was often fueled by the stress associated with failure to meet the expectations of the husband's family members regarding the wife's compliance with the husband's family's norms and values regarding the behavior and responsibilities of wives/women. Within these value systems, the female's submission to violence is a consequence of her failure to comply with gender role expectations. IPV is thus regarded as an inevitable part of family tradition or as a deserved punishment for failure to meet expectations for a good wife and/or mother. Interviews were held with 26 women between the ages of 23 and 72. Data analysis consisted of the identification of themes related to the characteristics of family interactions. 5 notes, 41 references, and appended listing of topics included in the interview guide
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Domestic violence causes; Female sex roles; Female victims; Gender issues; Mexico; Role perception; Victims in foreign countries
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