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Community Insights

In an effort to increase understanding of the perceptions of African Americans toward domestic violence, the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) established the Community Insights Project. The purpose of the IDVAAC Community Insights Project is to secure information from African Americans who maintain an insider-specific understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence and to identify what they consider to be useful solutions that may be effective in preventing domestic violence in African American communities across the United States. As such, the project seeks to inform a wider audience comprised of domestic violence service providers, criminal justice practitioners and public officials about the unique manifestation of domestic violence in the African American community.

Since the inception of the Community Insights Project in 1998, IDVAAC has convened focus groups in nine cities across the united states with large concentrations of African American: San Francisco and Oakland, California; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Detroit, Michigan; and Seattle, Washington. Reports have been developed for each city, which draw from various stakeholders in the community, doing work of relevance to intimate partner violence (IPV) and other intersecting issues. Each session consisted of groups comprised of individuals working in the following areas: children and youth services, human services, community activists, the faith community, GLBTQ advocates and law enforcement.


Products

IDVAAC Community Insights reports represent a major contribution to the evolving literature on domestic violence among African Americans. These reports offer useful information for practitioners, policy makers, and researchers concerned about domestic violence in African American communities. For practitioners, these reports explore issues related to barriers and challenges to accessing formal services and community perceptions of formal service providers. Practitioners can use these reports to gain a better understanding of the range of issues that intersect with domestic violence and ultimately impact the effectiveness domestic violence intervention. These reports also offer strategies as to how to address some of these issues on the individual and community levels.

For policy makers, these reports offer a number of societal and macro level issues that converge to exacerbate domestic violence among African Americans. For researchers, these reports offer a number of issues upon which to establish a research agenda. Understanding how historical trauma impacts domestic violence among African Americans warrants greater research, particularly as it connects with contemporary oppression and discrimination. Other areas that warrant greater attention include connection between domestic violence in the African American community and gender roles and gender socialization, parenting practices, faith- and community-based responses to domestic violence, and effective culturally-based or culturally competent approaches.

PUBLICATIONS

Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans
Greenville, North Carolina 2006

 

Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans
Seattle, Washington 2004

 

Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans
Birmingham, AL Report 2003

 

Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans
Detroit, MI Report 2003

 

Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans
Minneapolis, MN Report 2003

 

Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans
San Francisco/Oakland, CA Report 2002

Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans
Memphis, TN Report 2001

 

 

Webcasts

Community Insights into Domestic Violence in the
African American Community

Presenters:  Esther J. Jenkins, PhD, Linner Ward Griffin, EdD, and
Oliver J. Williams, PhD

In an effort to increase understanding of the perceptions of African Americans toward domestic violence, the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community established the Community Insights Project. This national project focuses on securing information from individuals who maintain an insider-specific understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence and identifying what they consider to be effective solutions in preventing domestic violence in African American communities. Presenters will highlight findings of community assessments that have occurred across the country and discuss how the information can be used to shape and inform grassroots mobilization efforts to address domestic violence among African Americans in California.

Original Airing: April 25, 2008

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