Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to discuss the cultural context of women of Mexican origin living with violence.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to describe the complexity of disclosure in women of Mexican origin living with violence.
Methods: In this qualitative study, data collection included conducting extensive interviews in order to explore the experiences and cultural context of women of Mexican origin. The study included fieldwork at two sites (a shelter and outreach community agency) that provided services to women who were battered and/or sexually assaulted. Twenty-six women were interviewed.
Results: Themes relevant to gendered roles and traditional female social roles emerged.
Conclusion: Women do not idly accept the violence perpetrated against them, rather, the severe consequences of not accepting the abuse force them to retreat to other coping mechanisms to protect their children and themselves.