Intimate partner violence among speaking immigrant adult Portuguese women in Canada

  • Rafaella Queiroga Souto Universidade Federal de Pernambuco; Departamento de Enfermagem
  • Sepali Guruge Ryerson University; Department of Nursing
  • Miriam Aparecida Barbosa Merighi Universidade de São Paulo; Escola de Enfermagem; Departamento de Enfermagem Materno Infantil e Psiquiátrica
  • Maria Cristina Pinto de Jesus Universidade de São Paulo; Escola de Enfermagem; Departamento de Enfermagem Materno Infantil e Psiquiátrica
  • Shaindel Egit Ryerson University; Department of Nursing
  • Linda Knowles Knowles Consulting
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Emigrants and Immigrants, Intimate Partner Violence, Spouse Abuse, Forensic Nursing

Abstract

OBJECTIVE This study was conducted to understand the experiences of intimate partner violence among women from Portuguese-speaking countries living in the Greater Toronto Area. METHOD A social phenomenological study was conducted with ten Portuguese-speaking women who had experienced intimate partner violence who were selected by community centre leaders. The interviews were transcribed, translated and analysed by categories. RESULTS The consequences of violence included health problems, effects on children, and negative feelings among the victims. Factors preventing the women from leaving abusive partners included religious beliefs, challenging daily jobs, and the need to take care of their husband. Factors that encouraged them to leave included getting support and calling the police. Some women expressed hope for the future either with their husband. Others, desired divorce or revenge. Their plans to rebuild their lives without their husband included being happy, learning English, and being financially stable. CONCLUSION Using these findings can implicate in the improvement of care for these women.

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Published
2016-12-01
How to Cite
Souto, R., Guruge, S., Merighi, M., Jesus, M., Egit, S., & Knowles, L. (2016). Intimate partner violence among speaking immigrant adult Portuguese women in Canada. Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 50(6), 905-912. https://doi.org/10.1590/s0080-623420160000700005
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Original Article