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F22 Gender Based Violence and the Latinx Community

Total Credits: 1 Category II CEs

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  Special Offers
Chiara Sabina Ph.D. |  Iris Cardenas Ph.D. |  Kevin Swartout, Ph.D. |  Elithet Silva-Martinez, Ph.D. |  Leila Wood, PhD, MSSW
Course Levels:
1 Hour 15 Minutes



In this webinar, a panel of experts will share what the field currently knows about gender-based violence in the Latinx community. The first panelist will discuss cultural beliefs and stigma surrounding the help-seeking process for survivors of intimate partner violence; and how to better support service engagement and programming. The second panelist group will address gaps in understanding sexual violence rates among Latinx students and their rates of, and experiences with, disclosure and reporting to law enforcement. A moderated Q&A session will follow the presentations. 



Chiara Sabina Ph.D. Related Seminars and Products

School of Social Work at Rutgers University

Dr. Chiara Sabina is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University.  Her research employs a contextual, strengths-based perspective with respect to interpersonal violence focusing on understudied groups, the influence of cultural variables, help-seeking responses, and examination of the service-delivery system.  Dr. Sabina has received grants from the Fulbright Program, National Institute of Justice, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Vision of Hope, and National Sexual Violence Resource Center to conduct her work on Latino victimization, victim needs, violence prevention, domestic violence services, and culturally-informed sexual assault services. 

Iris Cardenas Ph.D. Related Seminars and Products

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Iris Cardenas is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her research focuses on intimate partner violence in the Latinx community. She is interested in survivors' help-seeking behaviors and the provision of culturally concordant services. Dr. Cardenas also conducts research on cross-cultural scale adaptation and psychometric properties validation. She has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is an affiliate at the InCommunity Lab at Arizona State University and a graduate of the National Institute of Justice Research Assistantship Program. Dr. Cardenas is a licensed social worker and completed her doctoral training at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, where she also obtained a Master's degree in Social Work. 

Kevin Swartout, Ph.D. Related Seminars and Products

Georgia State University

Kevin Swartout is a Professor at Georgia State University. His research addresses trajectories and social correlates of violence and harassment across time, with the goal of promoting safer organizations and communities. Dr. Swartout chairs the Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative (ARC3), which curated a sexual misconduct climate survey that has been implemented by several hundred colleges and universities spanning 6 continents.

Elithet Silva-Martinez, Ph.D. Related Seminars and Products

University of Puerto Rico

Elithet (Eli) Silva-Martinez is an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. In the last fifteen years, Silva-Martinez has focused her work on understanding the multiple dimensions of violence against women, especially intimate partner violence (IPV), among women from Latin America and the Caribbean. Her experience as a social worker in direct practice with survivors of IPV in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico has allowed her to learn of the dynamics around IPV. From 2007-2009, Silva-Martinez served as a Project Coordinator at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, for the Office of Violence Against Women Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program at the University of Iowa. Silva-Martinez has also worked extensively with immigrant communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, which has allowed me to develop knowledge and skills to work directly with vulnerable populations, especially Spanish-speaking women. Among her many skills, Silva-Martinez offers the Consortium a rich background in cultural competency and qualitative interviewing with women from Spanish-speaking backgrounds.

Leila Wood, PhD, MSSW Related Seminars and Products

University of Texas Medical Branch

Leila Wood is an Associate Professor at the at the Center for Violence Prevention Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Dr. Wood has three degrees (BSW, MSSW and PhD) in Social Work. Her scholarship areas are intimate and interpersonal violence in the campus context, intimate partner violence and sexual assault service evaluation, and occupational stress related to interpersonal violence work. Wood’s research focuses on survivor-centered approaches and establishing evidence for community and campus-based practices in the intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault (SA) field, including housing programs.   

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To develop a better understanding of help-seeking behaviors among intimate partner violence survivors.  

  • To identify patterns of cultural beliefs, stigma, and partner violence in the help-seeking process of intimate partner violence survivors. 

  • To better support service engagement and IPV programming for survivors of partner violence. 

  • Review the past literature on sexual violence prevalence, disclosure, and reporting among Latinx students. 

  • Report current rates of sexual violence prevalence, disclosure, and reporting among Latinx and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) students, respectively. 

  • Discuss future steps researchers can take to further understand sexual violence experienced by Latinx and HSI students and that might further promote disclosure and reporting. 

Bibliography & References

Suggested readings:

  • Alvarez, C., & Fedock, G. (2018). Addressing intimate partner violence with Latina women: A call for research. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 19(4), 488-493.  

  • Barrios, V. R., Khaw, L. B. L., Bermea, A., & Hardesty, J. L. (2021). Future Directions in Intimate Partner Violence Research: An Intersectionality Framework for Analyzing Women’s Processes of Leaving Abusive Relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(23–24), NP12600–NP12625.  

  • Busch-Armendariz, N.B., Wood L., Kammer-Kerwick, M., Kellison, B., Sulley, C., Westbrook, L., Olaya-Rodriguez, D., Hill, K., Wachter, K., Wang, A., McClain, T., & Hoefer, S. (2017). Cultivating learning and safe environments: An empirical study of prevalence and perceptions of sexual harassment, stalking, dating/domestic abuse and violence, and unwanted sexual contact—The University of Texas System Academic Institutions. Austin, TX: Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved from:   

  • Cardenas, I. (2020). Advancing Intersectionality Approaches in Intimate Partner Violence Research: A Social Justice Approach. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work.   

  • Cardenas, I., Johnson, L., & Postmus, J. L. (2021). Improving Quality of Life Among Latina Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Through Economic Empowerment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 37 (15-16), 14564-14587  

  • Cuevas, C.A. & Sabina, C. (2010). Final report: Sexual Assault Among Latinas (SALAS). 

  • McMahon, S., Cusano, J., Buttner, C., Snyder, S., Ast, R.S., Camerer, K. (2022). Evaluating efforts to address campus sexual violence: Developing a data ecosystem.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Online First.   

  • O’Neal, E. N., & Beckman, L. O. (2017). Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Reframing Knowledge Surrounding Barriers to Social Services Among Latina Intimate Partner Violence Victims. Violence Against Women, 23(5), 643–665. 

  • Postmus, J. McMahon, S., Silva-Martinez, E. & Warrener, C.D. (2014). Exploring the challenges faced by Latinas experiencing intimate partner violence. Affilia. 29 (4).   

  • Robinson, S. R., Ravi, K., & Voth Schrag, R. J. (2021). A Systematic Review of Barriers to Formal Help Seeking for Adult Survivors of IPV in the United States, 2005–2019. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 22(5), 1279–1295.  

  • Sabina, C., Cuevas, C., & Zadnik, E. (2015). Intimate partner violence among Latino women: Rates and correlates. Journal of Family Violence, 30, 35-47  

  • Swartout, K. M., Flack, W. F., Jr., Cook, S. L., Olson, L. N., Smith, P. H., & White, J. W. (2019). Measuring campus sexual misconduct and its context: The Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Consortium (ARC3) survey. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 11(5), 495-504. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category II Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {1} Category II Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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