The Role of Race and Ethnicity in Violence Against Women

Janet L. Lauritsen, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Callie Rennison, Bureau of Justice Statistics

This research uses data from the National Crime Victimization Surveys to describe how race and ethnicity are related to American women's risk for violence. Self-report data from non-Hispanic whie, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic women are used to study recent levels and trends in non-lethal violence against women. We describe how race and ethnicity are intertwined with individual, family, and community characteristics and examine how factors from each of these levels of analysis are related to women's risk for violence. We also investigate whether the predictors of women's victimization vary significantly across different racial and ethnic groups and across different types of women's violence (i.e., stranger, non-stranger, and intimate partner events). We conclude with a discussion of these similarities and differences and their implications for theories of violence against women.

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