Domestic violence is certainly not unique to a certain race or religion, as men and women of all ethnicities and nationalities have suffered at the hands of abusive spouses or partners. Yet recent studies have shown a disturbing trend in that trend African-American women are three times more likely to be killed as a result of domestic violence than women of other ethnicities. Recent cases of domestic violence murders in Dallas seem to confirm that. Of the 12 confirmed cases in 2012, 6 involved African-American women, a number disproportionate to the percentage of African-Americans in the community.

Sadly, one of the underlying causes of this alarming trend is believed to be the culture that many of the women face within their communities. A general mistrust of authority is said to be common, deterring some women who are victims of abuse from seeking the help available to them from authorities. Other’s point to a more-aggressive nature displayed by African-American woman as opposed to women of other races, making them more likely to stand up to an abuser. While such bravery should be applauded, it often serves to provoke the abuser even further, causing him to respond with even more aggression, often with tragic consequences. Another possible reason African-American women tend to stay in abusive marriages is that, in these predominantly faith-based communities, many of the people these women turn to often advise them to try and work through problems with an abusive husband rather than seek protection from him.

Whatever the reason for this alarming trend, it’s important that these women know that they have access to both personal and legal help to find them protection from an abusive spouse as well as a way to end the marriage. A divorce lawyer may provide a source of assistance in both areas. 

Source: Dallas Morning News “Black women at greater risk of becoming victims of homicidal domestic violence” Selwyn Crawford, Sep. 21, 2013