Summary Report: Latino Intimate Partner Homicide

May 1, 2015 | By Chiara Sabina, Ph.D. & Marc Swatt, Ph.D.

National Institute of Justice

Within the past three decades, 16.3% of all homicides have been committed by intimate partners (Cooper & Smith, 2011). While Latinos are now the largest minority group, very little is known about intimate partner homicide (IPH) among this group. Thus, the purpose of this project was to determine the rates, characteristics, and trends of Latino IPH in comparison to White and African-American IPH. The four goals were:
1. Determine the rate of Latino, non-Latino White, and non-Latino Black IPH from 2005 to 2010 in 16 states.
2. Analyze the characteristics of Latino IPH and how they compare with characteristics of non-Latino White and non-Latino Black IPH.
3. Determine the unique characteristics of IPH compared to homicide in general by racial/ethnic group.
4. Determine how rates of Latino, non-Latino White, and non-Latino Black IPH changed from 2005 to 2010.

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