Kiana Gilcrist


Domestic violence (“DV”) disproportionately affects Black and Brown
women. This article examines the tense history of law enforcement
engagement with minority groups, which has caused a strain on that
relationship, leaving minority groups more likely to choose to stay in their
DV situations than seek out law enforcement help. The divide still impacts
these groups today. Additionally, the article highlights several organizations
that have formed to address the needs of minority individuals. Other
organizations have been around, but their ties to law enforcement create an
added barrier for Black and Brown women seeking protection. The article
concludes by briefly examining the American Rescue Plan Act which was
passed in 2020 and provides funds to create more culturally specific
organizations and programs. This article specifically focuses on women, but
the author acknowledges that people of all genders experience domestic