Treat Me Right: Black Women's Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence Service Organizations




Robinson, Taylor

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Intimate partner violence is a significant public health issues, specifically for Black women who are one of the most vulnerable. Despite the decline in IPV rates among all racial/ethnic groups, violence among the Black population is still evident and concerning. Limited research exists on the effects of cultural context as it relates to IPV help-seeking decisions, and less is known on how the COVID-19 pandemic in conjunction with these factors impede help-seeking services and decisions for Black women. Understanding culturally relevant factors and stages of uncertainty, such as a global pandemic, which influence Black women help-seeking, centered within an Africana womanist framework, is critical for developing culturally competent support and resources for these survivors. Using secondary semi-structured interviews, the current research included 12 Black women in the U.S. to: 1) identify cultural factors that impact decisions to seek help, 2) assess experiences with agencies once help is sought, and 3) explore how a global pandemic influence survivors decision-making and services towards them. Theoretical implications, policy recommendations, and future research directions are discussed.



Sociology, Criminology and Penology