Health disparities and violence against women: why and how cultural and societal influences matter

Trauma Violence Abuse. 2007 Apr;8(2):90-104. doi: 10.1177/1524838007301160.


This article encourages readers to consider the cultural and societal influences that impact health and health disparities among women survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Health consequences caused by IPV are widely documented and broadly discussed. Connections between health disparities and IPV are also discussed as related to women of color. Cultural factors and societal influences are identified to provide the reader with greater awareness of how these issues intersect with and impact IPV. Finally, the implications for scientific research and practice are discussed to include considerations for stronger assessment tools, greater collaboration and community participation, determination of best practices, requirement of cultural competence, mandated accountability, encouragement of mentorship, increased funding for research, increased advocacy, and increased culturally competent media and health promotion campaigns.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Black or African American / ethnology
  • Culture*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Poverty
  • Social Responsibility
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / ethnology
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Stereotyping
  • United States
  • White People / ethnology