What are the racial predilections of domestic violence?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The National Violence Against Women Survey found that African American and American Indian and Alaskan Native women and men, and Hispanic women, report higher rates of domestic violence than do other minority groups; whereas Asian and Pacific Islander women and men tend to report lower rates of intimate partner violence than other minority groups. However, differences among minority groups diminish when other sociodemographic and relationship variables are controlled.

In 1998, Salber and Taliaferro reported that the spousal homicide rate among African Americans is 8.4 times more than for whites; however, the US Department of Justice reports that between 1976 and 1998, a 74% reduction occurred in the number of black men murdered by intimates.

The incidence of spousal homicide is 7.7 times higher in interracial marriages compared with intraracial marriages.

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