Stereotypes and racial stigmas hamper poor African American women who seek intervention in violent relationships. The most poor and susceptible to lethal violence are exposed to a court system that does not understand or address the urgency of domestic violence in the lives of poor African American women. Courts must be more culturally competent in dealing with the intersection of race, class, and gender with the additional component of domestic violence.
. Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law; B.A., University of Wisconsin; J.D. University of Wisconsin; M.A., University of Illinois-Chicago. Geneva.Brown@valpo.edu.