This one-of-a-kind edited collection draws on the expertise of authors from 16 countries representing 17 cultures to tell the story of domestic violence in their respective parts of the world. The book incorporates a strengths-based approach, including individual, relationship, community, and societal strengths. The collection draws on multiple perspectives (academics, counselors, organizers, activists, and victims) to determine strengths and analyze how they can translate into greater safety for victims, increased accountability of perpetrators, and improved policy formation and research. Each chapter focuses on the lived experiences of victims of intimate partner violence, child abuse, or elder abuse and includes information about the abuser, the family, the community, and the culture.
Chapter 11: Family Violence in Mexico
Family Violence in Mexico
Family or domestic violence has been an important problem in Mexican society for a long time and only in recent years has it been manifested as a legal and psychosocial problem in the public agenda. It is a multifaceted phenomenon with deep and long-term consequences and affects a great number of people in Mexico. In 1999, when the problem began to gain a place in the public agenda, it was estimated that one out of three households had experienced continuous episodes of violence (INEGI, 2000).
Family or domestic violence is a cultural process that reveals a problem yet to be resolved. It is embedded in a value structure that promotes sexism (inequality in the formation and construction of women's ...