The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) Violence Resources
  • Since 1929, homicide rates have been 6 to 12 times higher among African American communities than in white communities.

  • When you control for SES (Socio-Economic Status, a rough indication of economic class), the difference in homicide drops out and there is no difference between African-American and European-American communities.

  • Varying rates of violence in African-American communities has to do with the absence or presence of an intact social fabric and social infrastructure. Where there is social cohesion, there are less murders. Where there is chaos there is more violence.

  • Violence against women is a major public health problem and a violation of human rights.

  • The lack of access to education and opportunity, and low social status in communities are linked to violence against women.

  • Violence by an intimate partner is one of the most common forms of violence against women.

  • Many women do not seek help or report violence when it occurs.

  • A wide range of physical, mental, sexual, reproductive, and maternal health problems can result from violence against women.