Nurse speaks on domestic violence among Mexican women in U.S.

Screen Shot 2013-06-15 at 7.14.40 AMOne in four New Mexico women will be the victim of intimate partner violence at some point in her lifetime. Mexican women living in the U.S. are particularly vulnerable, due to their immigration status and the threat of deportation and the loss of their children.

That was the subject of a presentation this week at the Santa Fe Community College by University of Texas-Brownsville professor and nurse Nora Montalvo-Liendo. She spoke to local health care workers, shelter staff, law-enforcement officials and representatives of the Santa Fe Public Schools at an event co-sponsored by Con Alma Health Foundation and the New Mexico Nurses Association.

“[Domestic violence] is not a health care, criminal justice or social services issue,” Montalvo-Liendo said. “It’s a community and a public health issue.”

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