Community Conversations

Ujima is a voice for the Black Community. As we work to eradicate domestic, sexual and community violence in our homes and across the African diaspora, we begin with a microscope into our communities to uncover the perception of violence in the neighborhoods that we serve.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence | A pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners. Domestic violence is not an isolated, individual event, but rather a pattern of multiple tactics and repeated events. Unlike stranger-to-stranger violence, domestic violence assaults are repeated against the same victim by the same perpetrator.

Abuse that is put on to another person via physical, verbal or any other means that causes pain on any level and deprives the receiver of a healthy relationship
Eric, 41, police officer
Aggressive physical actions against someone in the home
Alice, 52, sales clerk
When someone feels that they have the right to take another person’s body and do whatever they want to it (i.e. hitting, spitting, pushing, shoving, etc.)
Arizona, 63, retired
The cycle of abusing someone repeatedly
Emmanuel, 18, student
Gaining mental control over a person you are closely involved with and stripping them of their most basic right to be safe
Mabel, 70, retired

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual Violence | A sexual act committed against someone without their freely given consent. Acts of sexual violence include but are not limited to: sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.

Having to perform any type of sexual act against your will
Alicia, 42, nurse practitioner
Forcing another human being to engage in sexual activity
Kim, 17, student
Not taking “no” for an answer and making a person perform a sex act that they don’t want to participate in
Nick, 18, student
Robbing someone of their most intimate possession by a forceful violation of their privacy and rights
Sean, 35, state worker
Overpowering someone and making them engage in a sexual act without their consent
Amber, 35, consultant

What is Community Violence?

Community Violence | Exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim. Acts of community violence include but are not limited to riots, sniper attacks, gang wars, drive-by shootings, bullying, workplace assaults, terrorist attacks, torture, bombings, war, ethnic cleansing, and widespread sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.

An individual or group that is a threat to their immediate community by physical violence or participating in activities that promote hatred or intolerance to freedom
Oliver, 40, personal trainer
An egregious act against someone who resides in your neighborhood
Shelly, 34, bank teller
Any act or activity perpetrated by an individual, group of individuals or institution that threatens the health, safety, or well-being of members of a given community
Mark, 60, CEO
Violent or nefarious acts committed by individuals or groups against members of a particular community
Aaron, 29, security guard
The unwarranted attack of a person or group of people simply because of their inherited demographics
Gina, 22, graduate student
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