261860 Using Photovoice to motivate help-seeking behaviors among Latinas experiencing intimate partner violence

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Jessica King, MPH , Health Sciences Department: MPH and Public Health Programs, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
Vilma Hernandez, BS, RD, MPH candidate , Health Sciences Department: MPH and Public Health Programs, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
Sloane C. Burke, PhD, CHES , Health Sciences Department: MPH and Public Health Programs, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA
The Latino population is the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States and accounts for over 40% of the population in Ventura County, California. Emerging evidence indicates intimate partner violence (IPV) among Latinos is likely under-estimated because of issues related to culture and immigration status. Moreover, Latina victims are less likely to use IPV services originally developed for white-middle class women. This study aims to motivate help-seeking behaviors among Latina IPV victims by investigating the environmental factors that support Latina IPV survivors' transition from abuse to independence. Ten adult female participants were recruited from local domestic violence shelters. Participants utilized Photovoice to capture images of environmental factors that impacted women's transition from abuse to independence. Researchers conducted a Photovoice training session to demonstrate proper use of cameras, explain how to obtain consent when photographing others, and conduct a brainstorming session to familiarize participants with themes for taking pictures. After training and data collection, participants discussed and contextualized their photographs with a facilitator using the SHOWeD Method. Data analysis included evaluation of interview transcripts using the constant-comparative method to identify significant themes. Presentation participants will be asked to conceptualize an action plan to advocate for culturally competent IPV services in their respective communities. Findings from the Photovoice study identifying the barriers and support mechanisms for transition from an abusive situation will be discussed. The Photovoice exhibit will promote critical dialogue among participants, policy-makers and gatekeepers to increase IPV awareness and acceptability of support services among the Latino community.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the experiences of Latinas who transition from abuse to independence; which may vary depending on age, acculturation, and SES. 2) Identify environmental factors that support Latina intimate partner violence (IPV) survivorsí transition from abuse to independence. 3) Formulate an action plan with local community partners to increase culturally appropriate IPV services in a Latina community.

Keywords: Photovoice, Domestic Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator of this research project. My research interests include women's issues and health disparities. Through my research I hope to support cultural competency among providers who serve disadvantaged populations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.