In this webinar, Dr. Miriam Valdovinos, the principal investigator of this research study will share about the one-on-one interviews she conducted with Latina immigrant women living in Washington State that experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). Dr. Valdovinos investigated how the women’s undocumented immigration status impacted their experiences with help-seeking attempts and behaviors for the IPV. Culturally-relevant testimonio interviews were conducted to qualitatively investigate the complexity of IPV and how immigration status, ethnicity, class, gender, and informal and formal social supports impacted their experience.
Findings from the research will reveal racialized, gendered, classed, and nativist injustices Latina immigrants experienced along with healing, empowerment, and advocacy when seeking social support. Seeking support from informal and formal social support systems as undocumented individuals meant they encountered barriers attached to their immigration status. Furthermore, their IPV experiences were mediated through structural forms of oppression, such as racism and economic exploitation especially when they interacted with formal social support systems. These findings inform social service practices regarding identity intersectionalities that increase IPV vulnerabilities for undocumented women and contribute to culturally-responsive interventions.