Ethnic Minority Women's Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence: Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Ask the Right Questions

Jacquelyn W. White, Nicole P. Yuan, Sarah L. Cook, Antonia Abbey

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Abstract

Current definitions, instruments, and processes for measuring intimate partner violence, including sexual assault, are insufficient to detect the nature and scope of violence against all women. To remedy this problem, we recommend the use of community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles to develop culturally informed quantitative instruments that measure ethnic minority women's experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV). CBPR requires community members and researchers to work equitably together throughout the research process, sharing decision-making and ownership. This paper identifies problems with current measurement approaches and describes the strengths and challenges of the CBPR approach. We argue that this research orientation offers the potential for "flexible standardization" that can provide better estimates of the extent of IPV and sexual assault, and provide communities with the knowledge they need to address these problems in a culturally sensitive manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-236
Number of pages11
JournalSex Roles
Volume69
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013

Keywords

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Cultural appropriateness
  • Ethnic minority women
  • Immigrant women
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Measurement
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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