Feb 2, 2009
The peer-reviewed articles in this second fall issue of Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice Ejournal address a broad spectrum of family violence issues. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a health disparities issue that affects families from every ethnicity and cultural background. There is, however, a dearth of research on the interface between IPV, ethnicity, culture, and health. A qualitative study by Dr. Sloane Burke and colleagues provides invaluable insight into Latina women’s experiences with victimization by an intimate partner. A case study by Dr. Christine Murray and colleagues describes how community-based participatory research can provide leadership opportunities for women who create resistance strategies that are culturally and socially responsive to their communities.
While most of our featured articles to date have focused on IPV, this journal is committed to addressing all forms of family violence. There is growing awareness of the strong correlation between child abuse and IPV. In this issue, an article on motivational interviewing and child maltreatment provides a comprehensive overview of this popular intervention strategy. This topic also raises numerous questions about the safety and implications of using motivational interviewing to intervene for child abuse with mothers who are in abusive relationships. An editorial by Lonna Davis of the Family Violence Prevention Fund explores this critical intersection.
The final article in this issue describes needs assessment data from community health centers. The authors explore the connection between women’s histories of lifetime exposure to IPV, their own experiences growing up in violent households, and their children’s exposure to IPV. They also examine how a broader definition of childhood exposure influences disclosure rates.
We look forward to your comments and feedback. We also encourage you to submit manuscripts that will help us to focus on the bigger picture of family violence, educate us about innovative strategies, and address the challenges we face in ending violence against women.