This special collection includes specific resources for African American victims regardless of their religious affiliation. As noted by scholars from The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, the “‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to domestic violence services being provided in mainstream communities would not suffice for African Americans, who disproportionately experience stressors that can create conditions that lead to violence in the home.” Therefore, African Americans may not feel comfortable accessing other mainstream resources unless they feel these services have the capacity to understand the African American experience as it relates to their experiences.
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
“The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) is an organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC’s mission is to enhance society’s understanding of and ability to end violence in the African American community.” This organization has developed materials exploring the intersection of spirituality, religion and domestic violence in the African American Community:
- The Intersection of Spirituality, Religion, and Intimate Partner Violence in the African American Community: “The Intersection of Spirituality, Religion, and Intimate Partner Violence in the African American Community explores the role of the Black church in addressing intimate partner violence. The monograph offers information that supports the notion that, because of its standing and influence, the Black Church has an exceptional opportunity to play an active role in addressing intimate partner violence in the African American community. The document concludes with a set of recommendations for domestic violence and sexual assault service providers on how they can incorporate spiritual elements into their programs. Likewise, the monograph offers suggestions for clergy on how they can facilitate healing for victims of intimate partner violence and address perpetrators.”