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NCJ Number: 200546 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence in the African-American Community: An Analysis of Social and Structural Factors
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:9  Issue:5  Dated:May 2003  Pages:533-557
Author(s): Robert Hampton; William Oliver; Lucia Magarian
Date Published: May 2003
Page Count: 25
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines domestic violence within the African-American community from a structural, cultural, and situational perspective.
Abstract: The authors contend that African-American women who experience violence from their intimate partners are then re-victimized by a society that fails to offer the social support necessary to break the cycle of violence. Intimate partner violence is a public health issue for African-American women, in particular, because institutional racism overshadows both their public and private lives. The authors argue that the frustrations of African-American men, due to historical racism, are sometimes displaced onto their wives and girlfriends, creating an environment of violence in their homes and their communities. The violence is implicitly condoned by a society so steeped in historical racism that it cannot respond to the needs of victimized African-American women. The result is that African-American women feel powerless and immobilized, trapped by structural and cultural circumstances that have historically turned a blind eye to the problems faced by these women. The authors challenge domestic violence service providers, researchers, community leaders, and policy makers to devise prevention and intervention strategies that account for the unique structural, cultural, and situational circumstances of African-American women. References
Main Term(s): Abused women; Black/African Americans
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Race relations; Race-crime relationships; Society-crime relationships; Theory
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