Intimate partner violence (IPV) is experienced by millions of women in the U.S. every year. As the population of Hispanic women continues to grow, there is more attention to the unique experience of these women and the factors that disproportionately affect this population when they experience IPV. The objective of this study was to identify the help-seeking behaviors and barriers to help-seeking in Hispanic survivors of IPV. The last published systematic review on this topic was in 2011, showing a gap in our understanding of the prevalent barriers affecting these Hispanic women over the last decade. To assess the current knowledge on this topic, a systematic literature review was conducted using the University of Central Florida's PRIMO database to find research on help-seeking among Hispanic women from 2009-2021. From this search, 113 studies were identified and 28 met the inclusion criteria for review based on if the study was peer-reviewed, Hispanic women are the main or sub-focal sample of the study, and help-seeking or barriers to help-seeking were identified. Results showed that Hispanic women use an array of help-seeking strategies (e.g., friends, family, police, social workers), and multiple barriers to help-seeking were identified such as language barriers and cultural standards. The information from this study can be used to assist Hispanic women seeking help after experiencing IPV.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair/Advisor

O'Connor, Julia


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Health Professions and Sciences


Social Work



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Open Access

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