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CDC: Half Of All Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners

Friday, July 21, 2017

"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."

Read the full article here. For more information on this topic, see our Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention collection.