Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Rosalva Resendiz

Second Advisor

Dr. Philip Ethridge

Third Advisor

Dr. Daniel Dearth


This is a qualitative exploratory research study of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) among a sample of Latinas from the Rio Grande Valley. Purposive and snowball sampling was used to identify 12 Latina victims of intimate partner violence. Respondents’ ages ranged from 24 to 40 and were born in cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Respondents participated in a structured interview process. Respondents’ descriptions of abuse included physical, verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse. Interview results produced 12 distinct narrative memos summarizing respondents’ intimate partner violence experiences. Interview results were analyzed and revealed several themes and subthemes frequently identified in other intimate partner violence studies. Two themes emerged as being most significant among the respondents: reasons for the abuse and reasons for remaining in the ongoing abusive relationship.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Criminology Commons