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Domestic Violence at the Crossroads: Violence Against Poor Women and Women of Color

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Published Date
January, 2004

This article explains how failing to address multiple oppressions of poor women of color jeopardizes the validity and legitimacy of the anti-violence movement. It offers a review of studies with findings showing that high and extreme levels of poverty in black communities is one major underlying reason for a greater level of domestic violence among African Americans. Domestic violence is placed in a context of a larger system of violence.

Advocates may find this article useful as a scholarly piece explaining why women may not find police, courts, doctors, and even domestic violence agencies, to be viable options. It is also a helpful tool for supporting anti-oppression work as a priority of policy advocacy.