Introduction to Special Issue: Domestic Violence in Black Communities

Oliver J. Williams, Carolyn M. West

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Violence against women and domestic violence within families is a well-documented, internationally recognized social and public health problem that disproportionately impacts Black communities. The purpose of this special issue is to “widen the lens” by expanding the research on domestic violence in Black communities. This double issue is divided into six themes: (1) Overview of the research: past, present, and future; (2) Exploring ethnicities: Violence across the Diaspora; (3) Mental and physical health consequences; (4) Family Violence; (5) Institutional and Structural Violence; and (6) Culturally sensitive treatment. The authors in this special issue have proposed innovative models and frameworks and have endeavored to broaden our understanding of domestic violence by utilizing a variety of methodologies, including semi-structured in-depth interviews, case histories, and systematic research reviews. Regarding suggestions for future research, the authors in this Special Issue emphasize the importance of data-driven discourse on gender-based violence in Black communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-713
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 3 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. West would like to thank the University of Washington’s Office of Community Partnerships for the support of her scholarship as a Resident Fellow.

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  • African american
  • Black American
  • intimate partner violence


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