Psych on the Hilltop Research Presentation by Dr. Laurie Cook Heffron
Research presentation by Dr. Laurie Cook Heffron, Associate Professor of Social Work
“Salía De Uno y Me Metí En Otro:” Latina Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
In recent decades, Texas has seen increases in the number of women escaping violence in their home countries by immigrating to the US. Intimate partner violence is a well-recognized and well-documented social and public health issue across the globe, and an estimated 3 in 10 women are impacted by intimate partner violence. War, conflict, displacement, discrimination, and migration increase vulnerability to a host of manifestations of violence, including intimate partner violence. While migration is often a strategy to escape or resist violence, the journey poses additional risks and many face further violence and exploitation once settled in the US. Inequality, social isolation, and immigration status contribute to violence before, during, and after migration, and women face multiple barriers to safety and stability. Join us for a discussion of research exploring intersections between violence against women and migration, the needs and experiences of immigrant survivors in Texas, and strategies to ensure that research has meaningful impact on program development and policy advocacy.
Wednesday, September 29 at 11:00am