African American Women 's Domestic Violence Essay

793 Words Sep 24th, 2016 4 Pages
African American women are more vulnerable to domestic violence than White American women. Domestic violence is a physical, sexual, and economic abuse of power. Race, limited resources, and religious beliefs, are some factors for the cruel and violent treatment against Black women. “In 2011, the most recent year for which such data is available, black females were murdered by males at a rate of 2.61 per 100,000 in single victim/single offender incidents. For white women, the rate was 0.99 per 100,000” (Sugarmann, 2014). These numbers show the difference of the domestic violence death rate; where African American women has a higher chance of being murdered by a male than White American women.
Year by year, more than 2 million people are injured/dead as a result of domestic violence. As well as death rates, African American women have higher rates of partner abuse than White American women. In the National Crime Victimization Survey (Rennison & Welchans, 2000), “Black women’s intimate partner victimization were 35% higher than White women” (West 1488). Prior to this 2000 study, in the National Family Violence Survey (Hampton & Gelles, 1994), a probability sample of 6,002 households, it was learned that “Black wives were 2.36 times more likely than Whites to report grievous violence” (West 1488). These surveys demonstrate the excessive amount of crimes that African American women has dealt with, more than White American women, including rape, murder, and sexual assault.…

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