Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Domestic Violence, Native Americans
Domestic violence, defined as harmful verbal, physical, or sexual abuse committed by one intimate against another, is a widespread and unfortunate problem encountered across virtually every society. Historically, domestic violence was viewed as a private matter. However, in the 1970s the public, as well as policymakers and other professionals, began to define this matter as a serious social and legal health problem that needed to be addressed. Still, it was not until the 1980s and 1990s that criminal justice and community agencies began to respond to the matter through practices, programs, and legislation. Furthermore, it was not until this past decade that researchers began to explore different variables, such as race/ethnicity, in studying domestic violence. This entry examines domestic violence victimization of Native Americans/American Indians (NAAIs) as well as NAAI culture, risk factors, and consequences related to victimization. The NAAI population discussed in this entry includes those individuals who are ...