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IS THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IMBALANCED WHEN DEALING WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? – MR POLITICAL

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive
behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.
It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of
domestic violence can vary dramatically.

CONTEXT

Due to systemic racism, racist policies, and racist societal structures, both Black women and Black men
experience intimate partner violence at a disproportionately high rate. By intentionally denying Black people
access to economic opportunities, the ability to build intergenerational wealth, healthcare, education, and a
sense of safety from governmental systems, racist policies increase the prevalence of risk factors for domestic
violence. These systems create numerous barriers for survivors seeking safety. Law enforcement officials often
arrest Black survivors, and police, jurors, and judges are less likely to believe Black survivors than White
survivors. Racist systems put Black people at greater risk of experiencing intimate partner violence.

STATISTICS

• 45.1% of Black women and 40.1% of Black men have experienced intimate partner physical violence,
intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
• 31.8% of Black women and 16.8% of Black men have experienced one or more of the following intimate
partner violence-related impacts: being fearful, concerned for safety, any post-traumatic stress disorder
symptoms, injury, need for medical care, housing services, victim advocate services, and/or legal services,
missed at least 1 day of work or school, and contacting a crisis hotline.
• 41.2% of Black women and 36.3% of Black men have experienced intimate partner physical violence in
their lifetimes.
• 53.8% of Black women and 56.1% of Black men have experienced psychological aggression by an
intimate partner in their lifetimes.
• 8.8% of Black women have been the victims of intimate partner rape in their lifetimes.
• 17.4% of Black women and 14.8% of Black men have experienced intimate partner sexual violence (other
than rape) in their lifetimes.
• 9.5% of Black women have experienced intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.

HOMICIDE

• An estimated 51.3% of black adult female homicides are related to intimate partner violence.

• Between 2003-2014, 57.7% of black adult female homicide victims were murdered with the use of a
firearm.
• In 2017, for female victim/male offender homicides, Black females had the highest rate at 2.55 per
100,000.

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