Julie Avril Minich is Associate Professor of English and Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, coeditor of
Healing without a Cure: Radical Health and Racialized Gender Violence
Even after decades of feminist organizing, individualized framings of intimate partner violence continue to affect how it is understood. Despite general public sentiment that survivors deserve empathy, victim blaming persists through widespread perceptions of domestic abuse as rooted in individual behavior instead of as an instantiation of health injustice unfolding in a context of gender and racial terror. This chapter examines how certain Latinx literary representations of gender-based violence can help reframe it as a public health crisis rather than a personal failure. It examines journalistic, musical, and literary texts by Sonia Nazario, Alynda Segarra/Hurray for the Riff Raff, Manuel Muñoz, Rigoberto González, and Angie Cruz, attending to how each creates (or forecloses) new narratives of gender violence.