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Domestic Violence and African American Women


By Jill Parham | 1/22/2020

An estimated 1.3 million American women experience domestic violence each year.  African American women experience intimate partner violence at a higher rate than most other cultures due to several causal factors.

In addition to experiencing a high rate of domestic abuse, black women also face systemic challenges and issues like racism and discrimination. Notwithstanding these challenges, African American women are reaching out for help and support at Safe+Sound Somerset domestic abuse agency.

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In the words of Maya Angelou, “If we don’t know where someone has come from, we don’t know where they should go.” Safe+Sound Somerset is committed to cultural awareness. By recognizing the unique experiences of African American women and adopting trauma-informed, culturally sensitive responses, our organization helps African American survivors and their families find safety, hope, and healing.

While African Americans’ values and attitudes of cultural affinity and loyalty can often offer protective factors, these same values and attitudes may also render survivors silent about abuse. Safe+Sound Somerset’s trained and professional staff work to support African American clients by addressing unique barriers specific to their cultural group, as well as, address multigenerational cycles of trauma within the family structure.

By partnering with clients we are able to foster open communication and reduce shame. Through positive affirmation and reinforcement of our trauma-informed and culturally sensitive services, African American survivors of domestic abuse are empowered to lead lives free from violence.

If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic abuse, please call or text our 24-hour toll-free hotline at 866-685-1122.