Latina victims of IPV are less likely to seek health services than non-Latina black and white women.
Latina victims of IPV are more than 4 times more likely to report that their needs for mental health care have not been met, compared to Latinas who are not victims of IPV.
There are many reasons why Latinas, whether or not they are victims of IPV, may not access health care services. These include:
- Lack of English proficiency
- Fear of deportation
- Lack of knowledge relating to services
- Lack of adequate and sufficient services in their community
- Being unable to access services during regular hours due to fear of losing a job
- Logistical barriers such as lack of transportation or lack of child care
Lack of health insurance is a major reason why Latinas are not able to access health and mental health care. Overall, Hispanic communities have a very high rate of medically uninsured (32.7%) individuals. This rate is much higher than that of all major racial/ethnic groups.
When Hispanics are not able to access primary care and mental health services, health care providers are not able to help prevent, screen, and address IPV and other health issues in the Hispanic community. In the end, lack of access to health and mental health care makes Hispanics more vulnerable to poorer health and mental health outcomes, including higher rates of IPV and its consequences.