Racial and Ethnic Differences in Homicides of Adult Women and the Role of Intimate Partner Violence — United States, 2003–2014

July 21, 2017 | By Emiko Petrosky, MD, Janet M. Blair, PhD, Carter J. Betz, MS, Katherine A. Fowler, PhD, Shane P.D. Jack, PhD, Bridget H. Lyons, MPH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Homicides occur in women of all ages and among all races/ethnicities, but young, racial/ethnic minority women are disproportionately affected. Over half of female homicides for which circumstances were known were related to intimate partner violence (IPV). Arguments and jealousy were common precipitating circumstances among IPV-related homicides. One in 10 victims of IPV-related homicide were reported to have experienced violence in the month preceding their deaths.

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