Intimate Partners Murder Half of All Female Murder Victims.

August 9, 2017

Violence knows no socio economic, race, gender boundaries, but it's glaringly clear that women are at increased risk of deadly abuse at the hands of their spouse/intimate partner.  

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report (7/2017) highlights alarming homicide rates of women in general.  According to the report, "Half of all female murder victims are killed by intimate partners."  REPORT LINK

 

It's apparent that homicide can rival heart disease as a leading killer of women.  Even more startling in the report, Non hispanic Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women account for a higher homicide rate, compared to their counterparts. 

 

Additional report highlights:

 

-In 2015, homicide caused the death of 3,519 girls and women in the United States.

 

-Over half of all homicides (55.3%) were IPV-related; 11.2% of victims of Intimated Partner Violence (IPV)-related homicide experienced some form of violence in the month preceding their deaths:

 

            “…argument and jealousy were common precipitating circumstances.”

 

-The frequency of homicide by race/ethnicity and precipitating circumstances of homicides associated with and without IPV were examined. Non-Hispanic black and American Indian/Alaska Native women experienced the highest rates of homicide (4.4 and 4.3 per 100,000 population, respectively).

 

           SOLUTION: Targeted IPV prevention programs for populations at disproportionate risk and enhanced access to intervention services for persons experiencing IPV are needed to reduce homicides among women.

 

-Homicide is the most severe health outcome of violence against women. 

 

-REPORT CONCLUSION: The racial/ethnic differences in female homicide underscore the importance of targeting prevention and intervention efforts to populations at disproportionately high risk. Addressing violence will require an integrated response that considers the influence of larger community and societal factors that make violence more likely to occur.

 

            "...over half of female homicides for which circumstances were known were IPV-related, with

             >90% of these women being killed by their current or former intimate partner.

 

 

PREVENTION: Teaching safe and healthy relationship skills is an important primary prevention strategy with evidence of effectiveness in reducing IPV by helping young persons manage emotions and relationship conflicts and improve their problem-solving and communication skills.

 

 

-NOTE: The findings in this report are subject to at least five limitations.  Please reference report for in depth limiting factors: 1) NVDRS data are available from a limited number of states and are therefore not nationally representative. 2) Misclassification of Death Certificates. 3) Marital and educational status. 4) Lack of detailed suspect information. 5) Excluded from report the male corollary (result) victims of IPV-related homicide.

 

Domestic Violence Education and Safety training, conflict resolution, and self awareness are imperative to women safely and strategically removing themselves from volatile relationships before the cycle of abuse escalates and adds to the astounding homicidal statistics relating to women from all walks of life.

 

REPORT CONCLUSION: The racial/ethnic differences in female homicide underscore the importance of targeting prevention and intervention efforts to populations at disproportionately high risk. Addressing violence will require an integrated response that considers the influence of larger community and societal factors that make violence more likely to occur.

 

PAIN IS NOT LOVE BY NO MEANS, WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM OF ANY ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND PETS. BELIEVE THIS! 

 

 

 

 

 

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