Violence Against Women


Violence Against Women

As an institute that prioritizes the well-being of Black women and their families, IBWPPI works to reduce all forms of gender-based violence, primarily focusing on violence within intimate relationships.
The IBWPPI Policy Agenda has been created to help inform and support partnerships with policymakers and thought leaders on the critical policy issues that impact and improve the well-being of Black women. IBWPPI also allows leaders and community stakeholders to engage in transformative policy discussions around essential policy issues most impactful for Black women and girls to seek justice-oriented solutions.

• According to data collected by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research •

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More than 40% of Black women experience physical violence from an intimate partner during their lifetimes, while white women, Latinas, and Asian/Pacific Islander women report lower rates.
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More than 20 percent of Black women are raped during their lifetimes.
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Black women face a significantly high risk of being killed by a man. A 2015 Violence, Policy Center study finds that Black women were two and a half times more likely to be murdered by men than their White counterparts. More than 90% of Black female victims knew their killers. 

Addressing the Intersection of Policy, Human Rights, and Black Women's Well-being

Violence against women has been internationally recognized as a policy issue and human rights violation by the World Health Organization and the United Nations. 

Policymakers and community-based organizations must pay close attention to the adverse effects of policy decisions, law enforcement, and harmful social norms about the well-being of Black women.

 The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute prioritizes violence against Black women as one of its policy focus areas to offer policymakers evidence of why the health and safety of Black women should be a worldwide concern. IBWPPI is an international organization dedicated to advancing and promoting policy advocacy to improve Black women’s health through five Pillars: Economic Security, Education, Health and Wellness, Human Trafficking, and Violence.

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