Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 547–559 | Cite as

Family Closeness and Domestic Abuse Among Caribbean and South American Women in South Florida

  • Maria Aysa-Lastra
  • Patria Rojas
  • Frank R. Dillon
  • Rui Duan
  • Mario De La Rosa


This paper focuses on the importance of family member closeness as a protective factor against domestic abuse. We explore the link between long-lasting relations within the family and intra-familial violence perpetrated against women in Latino households in South Florida. We use data from an Inter-generational Transmission of Drug Use between Latina Mothers and Daughters (ITDMD) study. The study includes data on family relations and domestic abuse. We estimate a series of multivariate regressions to obtain the probability of abuse against women, the types of abuse inflicted and the relationship with the abusers. Our results indicate that among abused women, the effects of long-lasting relations within the family differ depending on the type of relationship between the abuser and the victim and the degree of closeness the victim feels towards other family members. Given these findings, there is a need to further study family relations and abuse in Latino households.


Abuse Intra-family violence Family relations Latinas 



This study was supported by award number P20MD002288 from the National Institute for Minority and Health Disparities and awards R24DA014260 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or the National Institutes of Health. We thank Dr. Fernando Soriano for his comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Aysa-Lastra
    • 1
  • Patria Rojas
    • 2
  • Frank R. Dillon
    • 2
  • Rui Duan
    • 2
  • Mario De La Rosa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Global and Sociocultural StudiesFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug AbuseFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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