Family violence is not something unique to a certain community, culture or country. It is a pervasive phenomenon, something that occurs within different societies regardless of its nature, color, race or economic standing. Although 84% of the societies studied had occurrences of wife beating and 74% had corporal punishment for children, this does not mean that it is an inevitable occurrence or result of family life (Morrison & Hines, 2004). Higher rates of domestic violence can be found in communities of color (Sokoloff & Dupont, 2005). Violence in African American families should be treated differently but equally valid as that of other communities or families because of the social and racial influences in its structure, as well as their economic standing in the social structure. With this, African American families differ from White Americans as they have a different social structure. The effects of race and income, and other risk factors, such as early exposure to violence, heavy drinking, and drug use, and tradition are all socially inclined or related. First and foremost, though, we need to define the term family or domestic violence. Family violence does not differ from violence outside of the home. It is similar in nature, that is, violence is any form of abuse, maltreatment or neglect, whether it causes another individual physical, emotional, mental or psychological harm. In defining family violence, we turn to understanding the different risk factors at play.