Ujima Fact Sheets
“Our mission is to mobilize the community to respond to and end violence against women in the Black community. We actualize this mission through research, public awareness and community engagement, technical assistance, and resource development.”
Domestic Violence and Gun Violence in the Black Community
Black women comprise 14% of the U.S. population and 31% of domestic violence fatalities and are statistically nearly 3x more likely than white women to be killed by an intimate partner (Violence Policy Center, 2022).
Youth Sex Trafficking
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) is the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial act” where the victim is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 18.
Teen Dating Violence in the Black Community
TDV can include physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression. Repeated texting to threaten, stalk someone and/or posting sexual pictures online without the consent of the partner are actions that also fall under the umbrella of teen dating violence (Breiding et al., 2015).
Black Women and Sexual Assault
“Many cultural considerations can hinder healing for Black women survivors: the burdensome expectation of strong Black womanhood; the power of the Black church; the desire to shield Black men; and the lack of self-care examples are all real dynamics Black women survivors endure,” Jazelle Hunt, Field lessons from reporting on Black women survivors of sexual violence.
Intimate Partner Violence
“Nationally, about 9% of Black women were raped by an intimate partner during their lifetime compared to 11% multiracial women, 10% White women, and 6% Hispanic women (Breiding, 2014).”
LGBTQIA+ Intimate Partner Violence
Black LGBTQ survivors are nearly twice as likely to experience physical violence from an intimate partner compared to those who do not identify as Black and LGBTQ (APA, 2019).
“Along with promoting culturally competent services through a holistic and survivor-centered lens, Ujima’s TA approach is also trauma-informed. Historical, societal, and personal trauma is inextricably linked with violence in the Black community.”