Victimization and revictimization among women of Mexican descent. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To gain an understanding of the experiences of women of Mexican descent, born in Mexico or the United States who live with intimate partner abuse. The study was part of a larger study of the process of disclosure by women of Mexican descent who are subjected to intimate partner abuse. DESIGN: Descriptive qualitative approach. SETTING: Two sites in a South Texas-Mexico border community: a woman's shelter and an outreach agency. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-six women of Mexican descent were interviewed. METHODS: A semistructured interview guide was used to elicit participants' views of their experiences with intimate partner abuse. RESULTS: These narratives illuminate how the process of victimization and revictimization creates an environment that blinds people to abuse, promotes denial of abuse, and leads women to remain in a harmful situation. CONCLUSION: Nurses and other health care and service providers working with women must take the initiative to assess for abuse; a few simple questions might change the woman's life and her children(s).

published proceedings

  • J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs

author list (cited authors)

  • Liendo, N. M., Wardell, D. W., Engebretson, J., & Reininger, B. M.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Liendo, Nora Montalvo||Wardell, Diane W||Engebretson, Joan||Reininger, Belinda M

publication date

  • January 2011