Resources

Resources

The African American Policy Forum
Ending Violence Against Black Women: The Movement to Combat Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence in Our Communities (1:29:00 runtime)

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
To Be Female, Anxious and Black

“Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the United States. Data show that for Black women, anxiety is more chronic and the symptoms more intense than their White counterparts. This description, however, only tells half the story. What it does not tell us is how anxiety is perceived and experienced daily by Black women.” Read more …

The African American Policy Forum
Black girls matter: Pushed out, overpoliced, and underprotected

“Girls of color face much harsher school discipline than their white peers but are excluded from current efforts to address the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a new report issued today by the African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies.” Read more …

The American Psychological Association (APA)
Social isolation – it could kill you

  1. Social isolation and chronic loneliness place individuals at much greater risk for a variety of diseases, as well as for premature mortality.
  2. Loneliness is defined by a person’s perceived level of social isolation and is not synonymous with chosen solitude.
  3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) therapy, focused on addressing negative self-worth and interventions that bring people together through community groups, appears to be effective at combating loneliness among older adults. Read more …

INCITE!
Dangerous Intersections: Women of color live in the dangerous intersections of sexism, racism and other oppressions.

“…when a woman of color suffers abuse, this abuse is not just attack on her identity as a woman, but on her identity as a person of color.

Within the mainstream anti-violence movement in the U.S., women of color who survive sexual or domestic abuse are often told that they must pit themselves against their communities (often portrayed stereotypically as violent) to begin the healing process. Communities of color, meanwhile, often advocate that women keep silent about the sexual and domestic violence in order to maintain a united front against racism.” Read more …

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Violence Against Black Women – Many Types, Far-reaching Effects

“Black women disproportionately experience violence at home, at school, on the job, and in their neighborhoods. The Status of Black Women in the United States details these many types of violence. Black women face high rates of intimate partner violence, rape, and homicide. Black girls and women also experience institutionalized racism; they are disproportionately punished in school, funneled into the criminal justice system after surviving physical or sexual abuse, disproportionately subjected to racial profiling and police brutality, and incarcerated at rates far exceeding their share of the population.” Read more …

Women of Color Network resources

WOCN, Inc. is a national grassroots initiative dedicated to building the capacity of women of color advocates and activists responding to violence against women in communities of color.