According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 55 percent of female homicide victims in the USA were killed by an intimate partner. The survey analysed over 10,000 cases of murdered women over the age of 18 in the United States from the years 2004 to 2014.
"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 [IPV] can affect anyone ... it really just shows that [this] is a public health problem."
However, the study did note the rate at which black, Hispanic, and indigenous people are killed is much higher than other racial demographics. The statistics break down like this: Black women are killed at a rate of 4.4 per 100,000 people, indigenous women at a rate of 4.3 per 100,000, and 61 percent of female, Hispanic murder victims are killed as a result of IPV. All other races are killed at a rate of between one and two per 100,000 people.
Previous research had suggested the percentage of U.S. homicides in which women were killed during IPV incidents was around 40. The World Health Organization had previously estimated that a partner or spouse is the killer in 38 percent of women's homicides globally.
Staggeringly, over 98 percent of the murderers were men.
The study shouldn't come as a complete shock, considering the number of famous spousal murders, such as Scott and Laci Peterson case, as well as the Stephanie Moseley (pictured above) and Earl Hayes case, in which Hayes shot Moseley to death and then took his own life.
In terms of preventing murders in the future, the study recommends focusing research and intervention on paterns of domestic violence.
"We found that approximately one in 10 victims of intimate partner violence-related homicide experienced some form of violence in the preceding month," Petrosky says. "And when we look at it for the non-intimate partner violence-related homicides, that was less than 2 percent. So this indicates that there could have been potentially an opportunity for intervention for those women."
Similarly, the report recommends limiting access to firearms for those involved with domestic violence, considering more than half of the deaths involved guns of some kind.
Read the study in full over here.
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