Domestic Violence

The NCBW RMAC aim to take an active role in advocating on behalf of women of color who are victimized by their intimate partners in the name of love.  Reports indicate that domestic violence is a complex and distinct type of violence. The intimacy between the victim and the perpetrator is interpreted historically as a private affair and out of the reach of the law. Oftentimes, the hidden site of the violence perpetuates the notion that it is okay to engage in domestic violence relationships.

Factors that complicate domestic violence include financial dependency on the abuser, jealousy, disrespect, distrust, disdain history and familiarity with the perpetrator.   Women who have the courage to complain about domestic violence are often confronted with intimidation, retaliation, and stigmatization. Hence, domestic violence incidents are not reported for legal prosecution. It is mandatory lawmakers in the United States implement preventive measures to eliminate domestic violence against women. Until this occurs, the notion of progressive women’s right is an illusion.

Each year in the United States approximately one to five million women suffer nonfatal domestic violence from an intimate partner.  Women are five to eight times more prone to domestic violence than men. Between 1998 and 2002, the United States Department of Justice reported that 73% of family violence victims were female, 84% of spouse abuse were female, and 86% of victims of domestic violence committed by an intimate partner were female.

In the United States, women of color report their victimization to the police at a higher rate (67%) than white women (50%), men of color (48%) and white men (45%). A higher level of reported domestic violence among African Americans, Hispanics, American Indian and Alaska Native women and immigrants is correlated with significant levels of poverty in minority and immigrant communities.  African Americans and Hispanics make up 22.8% of the population, but account for 47.8% of those living in poverty.  Poorer women experience a significantly higher rate of victimization by their intimate partners than women with higher household incomes. The NCBW RMAC recognizes that it must take an active role in advocating on behalf of women of color who are victimized by their intimate partners in the name of love.

"There's been an awful lot of silence in male culture about this ongoing tragedy of men's violence against women and children...we need to bread that silence and we need more men to do that."  - Jackson Katz -