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Communities of Color

Domestic violence knows no boundaries and it occurs among all races and ethnicities. While you face the same risks as all victims of domestic violence, as an individual of color you may also face some additional concerns and barriers.

The term “communities of color” refers to various underserved populations. These communities of color may be categorized as subgroups such as Asian, Latino, African American and Native American communities. Each community of color has its own specific needs and barriers, yet some are recognized as similar challenges across communities of color.

  • Cultural and religious beliefs that reinforce your role as a victim and justify the abuser’s actions, as well as prevent you from involving outsiders in family matters
  • Fear of rejection from your extended family, friends, congregation and community
  • Strong loyalty to your family, race and culture
  • Distrust of law enforcement and the criminal justice system, which you may view as racially and culturally biased
  • Fear that discussing your abuse will confirm stereotypes about your community and be met with bias
  • Lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services
  • Concern about your legal status in the U.S. or that of your abuser

You can learn more about domestic violence in specific communities through the Women of Color Network’s Facts & Stats Collection.

First and foremost, you should know that you have the right to live a life free from abuse. The laws and legal options for victims in Connecticut apply to all individuals, regardless of your race, ethnicity or immigration status.

If you believe you are a victim of abuse, please contact your local domestic violence agency by calling the statewide, toll-free domestic violence hotline at 888-774-2900 (English) or 844-831-9200 (Español).

CCADV understands that victims of domestic violence come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Through the work of our Diversity & Accessibility Project, we aim to enhance services and resources for all of victims regardless of their background.

Additional Resources


Sneha: Sneha is a support group for women of South Asian origin in the state of Connecticut.

Latino Community Services: Latino Community Services provides a variety of programs and services designed to work with individuals at risk of HIV infection, people living with HIV/AIDS, and organizations who focus on populations impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Asian Family Services – Hartford/Community Renewal Team: Clinical staff that offers counseling and treatment services.


The Women of Color Network: A project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, WOCN is a national grassroots initiative dedicated to building the capacity of women of color advocates and activists responding to violence against women in communities of color.