Steps in a new land: Immigrant women in domestic violence situations

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Steps in a new land: Immigrant women in domestic violence situations

by Mallory Tucker

This essay is the culminating work of a multi-week investigation based in Andalucía. With a particular interest in the situation of immigrant women living in Spain, “Pasos en una tierra nueva” examines the current Spanish perception of violence against women and questions how immigrant women living in the country can feel more connected to campaigns against such domestic violence. Spain’s heavy coverage of violence against women and its work to denounce “machismo”, or the idea that men must use violence and aggression to prove themselves, makes the country a stand-out in domestic violence prevention among other members of the European Union. Many of these demonstrations are, however, very nationalist centered, with a strong focus on Spanish women and Spanish men. Because of Spain’s growing immigrant population, however, especially from Middle Eastern and Latin American countries where domestic violence is relatively common, this paper examines a variety of popular Spanish vehicles for domestic violence prevention and education in hopes of pointing out ways by which Spain may expand their work to aid women of more diverse cultural backgrounds.