College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Summer 8-22-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Cecilia Martinez-Torteya, PhD

Second Advisor

Megan Greeson, PhD

Third Advisor

Sonya Crabtree-Nelson, PhD


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an international health issue disproportionately affecting women, which is associated with a range of severe physical and mental health sequelae (Black et al., 2011). Research has demonstrated that individual factors, such as violence severity, and systemic factors, such as poverty, affect whether women seek formal help, including mental health, police, and legal services, in response to IPV (Lelaurain, Graziani, & Monaco, 2017). Latina women have voiced many challenges to seeking formal help (Rizo & Macy, 2011). These include limited economic resources, language gaps in service provision, and factors related to immigration (Rizo & Macy, 2011). The current study used meta-regression to examine relations between average self-reported therapy, police, and legal service utilization rates according to the sample-level characteristics of injury/beaten rates, employment, language, and nativity.

Better understanding accessibility to care among Latina women experiencing IPV will strengthen the field’s ability to collaborate with survivors and respond effectively.

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