Cultural Implications for Intimate Partner Violence Against African American Women

Hillary Potter, University of Colorado at Boulder

African American women have been found to sustain higher rates of intimate partner violence than white women, yet they have sporadically been included in research on violence against women. As discovered in the research that does exist regarding this population, various cultural identities have been recognized to enlighten the significance culture has on African American women, to establish possible causes for intimate violence in the black community, and to determine black women's responses to intimate partner violence. Using in-depth interviews of African American women who have been subjected to domestic violence, this study further examines the effect of black culture on the incidence of intimate partner violence against these women, also identifying variations among socioeconomic levels, age, and education of the participants, and race and sex of the abusers.

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Updated 05/20/2006