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This contributes to the high rates of sexual abuse and "low rates of holding others accountable for their actions,” said Sykes, who formerly worked at Baltimore’s Rape Crisis Center.The Hispanic community has its own challenges, buffeted by the tradition of "machismo" among Hispanic men, which can lead to aggression and abusive behavior toward the women in their lives, experts say.
Domestic violence occurs more often in minority communities, according to a CDC study.
The numbers show no sign of abating despite advances including the domestic violence screenings required covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) along with considerable research on the effect exposure to domestic violence has on children’s overall health and how it increases the chance they will become victims or perpetrators.
In 2013, about a quarter of women ages 18-44 said a doctor or other health care provider had talked to them about domestic violence in the previous three years, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey.
Marlow recently partnered with Harvard University’s T. Chan School of Public Health on a research project called the "Learning Laboratory" to develop strategies and policies to prevent domestic violence, such as how to get men and boys involved in the solutions.
"It is the very definition of a public health problem," Michelle Williams, dean of Harvard's school of public health, said of domestic violence.
This special collection will highlight Asian and Pacfic Islander, African American, Latina/o and Native American resources that have been developed to specifically address the cultural differences of domestic violence in these communities.