Interpersonal violence is defined as violence between individuals and is subdivided into two categories: family and intimate partner violence, and community violence. Family and intimate partner violence includes child abuse, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse. Community violence is broken down into acquaintance and stranger violence, and includes youth violence, assault by strangers, vandalism, and violence in workplaces and other institutions.
Research has shown that media stereotypes based upon race, gender, religion, or ethnic background have a negative effect on our society. It is also known that there is a causal relation between media consumption and behavior.
Reality shows like Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and Basketball Wives promote interpersonal violence as an acceptable way to handle conflict. They also cause viewers to internalize negative perceptions of Black women while simultaneously reinforcing cultural acceptance of their abuse.
Black women suffer from the highest rates of domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner homicide and HIV infections in the United States. Truth in Reality is not implying that cable networks have created these issues however certain types of unscripted television shows normalize interpersonal behaviors that do contribute to the overrepresentation of Black women in these areas.