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[This article is about reproductive rights. However, we cite it here to demonstrate the value of community education in changing attitudes about domestic violence in immigrant women.]
Although domestic violence is still a problem in both communities, women in the Dominican Republic reported often feeling as if they had to resign themselves to a situation of violence due to their economic dependence on their partners. Women in the U.S., however, reported being aware of their rights and options in a violent situation, and felt more empowered to get themselves out of a dangerous situation.
The importance of community and conversation cannot be overestimated – and is ultimately one of the best tools that we have when approaching public health.