The Numbers – Black women and domestic violence
Domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence) can affect anyone without regard for their age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. However, research has shown that the risk and how one is affected by domestic violence varies based on an individual’s identity and its relation to their environment.
Black women are disproportionately affected by domestic violence in comparison to White women and other women of color. However, as a result of historical and present-day racism, Black women may be less likely to report their abuser or seek help because of discrimination, vulnerability to police brutality, and negative stereotyping #WHW2D