News Briefs Fall 2007, Volume 7, Number 2

IDVAAC domestic violence reports on several U.S. cities now available



DVAAC latest reports, “Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans,” assess how domestic violence and other issues impact Minneapolis, Minn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Seattle, Wash.; Greenville, N.C.; San Francisco, Calif.; Detroit, Mich.; and Philadelphia, Penn. IDVAAC’s Executive Director Dr. Oliver J. Williams prepared these reports along with other partners and contributors.

These reports utilize community interviews and focus groups about the causes and outcomes of domestic violence in these communities. Participants also shared ideas about how to prevent and decrease domestic violence in the African- American community.

Each report called for policies that reflect and define the unique needs, challenges, and issues faced by African Americans, as well as community-led decision making and actions.

The reports state that this project “seeks to inform a wider audience comprised of domestic violence service providers, criminal justice practitioners, and public officials about the unique manifestation of violence in the African-American community.” Individual reports on each city are now available through IDVAAC. To request a copy, please contact IDVAAC at 612-624-5357 or

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