Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Lucas Espinoza

Second Advisor

Dr. Rosalva Resendiz

Third Advisor

Dr. Arlett Lomeli


The purpose of this study is to explore the cases of Intimate Partner Femicide Victims from the Rio Grande Valley. By developing a cohesive understanding and assistance towards fostering knowledge and promoting social justice. Given the close proximity to the border, and hearing of femicide cases from both the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico marked my interest as Intimate Partner Violence is an ongoing Public Health Issue. Intimate Partner Violence is the leading cause of Intimate Partner Femicide. First specific project to contribute to limited research on intimate partner femicide in the Rio Grande Valley. A non-probability purposive sample of secondary data. Data consists of 26 IPF cases, which come from intimate partner femicide victim narratives released by the Texas Council on Family Violence, Local news reports (KRGV, local CBS 23 & 4, Telemundo McAllen, and Fox news South Texas), and local newspapers (The Brownsville Herald, The Monitor, and Valley Morning Star).


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