sprinkle: an undergraduate journal of feminist and queer studies


Zulema Aleman


The realm of intimate partner violence education, prevention and awareness is one that is currently growing. Even though there are improvements happening, there are communities being left out of both the movement and body of research. This paper aims at connecting the stories of undocumented Latinas who are survivors of intimate partner violence in the central coast of California with the current body of research on immigrant survivors. In doing so, it seeks to explore the areas where the body of research matches the stories of these women in the central coast of California and where there is a lack of knowledge from both the efforts in this field and the body of research. The stories of immigrant survivors shared in this report were collected by RISE on January 2015 to March 2015. RISE serves as a non-profit organization and resource for survivors and their families of sexual assault and intimate partner violence in San Luis Obispo County in California. RISE provided services to these women in one of their three locations in the San Luis Obispo County and who had experienced abuse as closely as a month prior to the January 2015 survey to five years.