IPV cuts across socio-demographic class, race/ethnicity, gender, and cultures. However, Hispanics and Blacks are disproportionately affected by IPV: they experience higher rates of IPV when compared with non-Hispanic Whites and other groups.
Overall, Hispanics and Blacks experience more than twice the incidence of IPV (25% each) than non-Hispanic Whites (11%). Among couples who are married or living together, 14% of Hispanics as well as 14% of Blacks experience IPV. This is more than twice the incidence of IPV found among non-Hispanic Whites (6%) who are married or living together.
Hispanics and Blacks are also more likely to experience a reoccurrence of IPV (58% of Hispanics and 52% of Blacks), as compared to non-Hispanic Whites (37%).
Some groups of Hispanic women, such as migrant farm workers and immigrants, have even higher rates of IPV, with up to 20.9% of these women reporting sexual coercion and 33.9% reporting physical violence throughout their lifetimes.
The rate of IPV reported by Hispanics of different nationalities can vary widely. In one study, Puerto Ricans reported an IPV rate of 20.4%, followed by Mexican Americans at 17.9%. Mexicans reported an IPV rate of 10.5%, somewhat higher than the rate of 9.9% reported by non-Hispanic Whites. However, Cuban Americans reported an IPV rate of 2.5%, which was significantly lower than that of the other Hispanic groups as well as that of non-Hispanic Whites.