"More than half of female homicide victims were killed in connection to intimate partner violence — and in 10 percent of those cases, violence shortly before the killing might have provided an opportunity for intervention.
That is according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published Thursday, that takes a close look at the homicides of women.
More than 55 percent of the deaths were related to partner violence, and the vast majority of those were carried out by a male partner.
'What's notable is that this is across all racial ethnic groups,' says Emiko Petrosky, a science officer at the CDC and an author of the report. 'Intimate partner violence can affect anyone ... it really just shows that [this] is a public health problem.'
The report also found that black and indigenous women are slain, in general, at significantly higher rates than women of other races. Black women are killed at a rate of 4.4 per 100,000 people, and indigenous women at a rate of 4.3 per 100,000; every other race has a homicide rate of between 1 and 2 per 100,000."