1st Edition

Violence in the Lives of Black Women
Battered, Black, and Blue

ISBN 9780789019950
Published January 30, 2003 by Routledge
220 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Break the silence surrounding Black women's experiences of violence!

Written from a Black feminist perspective by therapists, researchers, activists, and survivors, Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue sheds new light on an understudied field. For too long, Black women have been suffering the effects of violence in painful silence. This book—winner of the Carolyn Payton Early Career Award for its contribution to the understanding of the role of gender in the lives of Black women—provides a forum where personal testimony and academic research meet to show you how living at the intersection of many kinds of oppression shapes the lives of Black women. With moving case studies, in-depth discussions of activism and resistance, and helpful suggestions for treatment and intervention, this book will help you understand the impact of violence on the lives of Black women.

Topics you'll find in Violence in the Lives of Black Women include:

  • using the arts to deal with sexual aggression in the Black community
  • racial aspects of sexual harassment
  • the consequences of head and brain injuries stemming from abuse
  • domestic violence in African-American lesbian relationships
  • strategies Black women use to escape violent living situations
  • lifelong effects of childhood sexual abuse on Black women's mental health
  • references and resources to help you learn more!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Battered, Black, and Blue: An Overview of Violence in the Lives of Black Women
  • Black Women and Community Violence: Trauma, Grief, and Coping
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse in the Lives of Black Women: Risk and Resilience in a Longitudinal Study
  • Grounding Our Feet and Hearts: Black Women's Coping Strategies in Psychologically Abusive Dating Relationships
  • “The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back”: African American Women's Strategies for Disengaging from Abusive Relationships
  • Living at the Intersection: The Effects of Racism and Sexism on Black Rape Survivors
  • Racialized Sexual Harassment in the Lives of African American Women
  • “There's a Stranger in This House”: African American Lesbians and Domestic Violence
  • Head and Brain Injuries Experienced by African American Women Victims of Intimate Partner Violence
  • Talking Back: Research as an Act of Resistance and Healing for African American Women Survivors of Intimate Male Partner Violence
  • Fragmented Silhouettes
  • Using Celluloid to Break the Silence About Sexual Violence in the Black Community
  • Striving for a More Excellent Way
  • “I Find Myself at Therapy's Doorstep”: Summary and Suggested Readings on Violence in the Lives of Black Women
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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