Intimate Partner Violence Within Church Communities of African Ancestry



This chapter will explore the experiences of Christian women of African ancestry with domestic violence. These women represent diverse groups and cultures. The authors identify diversity among the women and share how religion intersects with these diverse perspectives. Ways in which culture and religion intersect for women of African ancestry are illuminated, along with exploring perceptions of clergy that engage this population of women. The chapter ends with recommendations on how to improve programs and practices to better serve this diverse population of women as it relates to domestic violence and other forms of violence experienced.


Violence against women Christian communities African ancestry African Bible believing African American Culture Clergy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkHoward UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkCoppin State UniversityWashingtonUSA

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