Somos Hermanas Del Mismo Dolor (We Are Sisters of the Same Pain): Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Narratives Among Mexican Immigrant Women in the United States

Tiffany Kim, Claire Draucker, Christine Bradway, Jeanne Ann Grisso, Marilyn S. Sommers

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Migration across international borders places tremendous stress on immigrant families and may put women at greater risk for intimate partner violence. In this study, we used narrative analysis methods to explore how nine Mexican immigrant women in the Northeastern United States described their experiences of intimate partner sexual violence, and how these stories were embedded within narratives of transition and movement across borders. We identified three major themes: The Virgin and the Whore, The Family, and Getting Ahead. We share important implications for researchers and health and social service providers working with this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-642
Number of pages20
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017



  • immigrant
  • intimate partner sexual violence
  • narrative inquiry
  • sexual abuse
  • transnational families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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