Intersections of immigration and domestic violence: Voices of battered immigrant women

Edna Erez, Madelaine Adelman, Carol Gregory

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Feminist criminologists have helped to criminalize domestic violence in the United States and elsewhere. With this significant accomplishment, scholars also have critiqued the intended and unintended consequences of such reliance on the state for women's safety. One such critique reveals the intersectionality of social inequalities, social identities, and domestic violence. Here, the authors analyze the relationship between immigration and domestic violence based on interviews with 137 immigrant women in the United States from 35 countries. They find that immigration shapes how women understand domestic violence, their access to resources, and responses to domestic violence. This project documents observed dynamics of structural intersectionality for immigrant women as national origin and citizenship status are considered as another layer of identity politics and marginalization in relation to domestic violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-56
Number of pages25
Journalfeminist criminology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 14 2009


  • Citizen status
  • Domestic violence
  • Immigration
  • Intersectionality
  • Intimate partner violence
  • National origin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law


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