When Is Enough Truely Enough
In 2011, the most recent year for which such data is available, black females were murdered by males at a rate of 2.61 per 100,000 in single victim/single offender incidents. For white women, the rate was 0.99 per 100,000. Ninety-four percent of black women were murdered by someone they knew. And the vast majority of homicides of black females were not related to any other felony crime. Most often, they were killed in the course of an argument. In cases where the circumstances could be identified, 87 percent were not related to the commission of any other felony. Here are some common reasons about women and domestic violence:
A strong personal identificationbased on familial structure/hierarchy, patriarchal elements,and cultural identity (e.g., role as wife, mother, and homemaker)
Religious beliefs that reinforce the woman’s victimization and legitimizes the abuser’s behavior
Fear of isolation and alienation
A strong loyalty to both immediate and extended family,as well as loyalty to race and culture (the “yoke of silence”)
Guarded trust and reluctance to discuss “private matters”
Fear of rejection from family, friends, congregation, and community
Individual needs often defer to family unity and strength
Distrust of law enforcement (fear of subjecting themselves and loved ones to a criminal and civil justice system they see as sexist, and/or racially and culturally biased)
Skepticism and distrust that shelter and intervention services are not culturally or linguistically competent
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