Black Women Murdered by Men Three Times Rate of White Females

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) —   Black women are murdered by men, often their present or past husbands or lovers, at a rate that is nearly three times the murder rate of White women killed by men, according to a report by the Violence Policy Center.

The report titled, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data,” found that, “black females were murdered by males at a rate of 2.61 per 100,000, compared to a rate of 0.99 per 100,000 for white females.”

In a statement accompanying the study, Kristen Rand, legislative director for the Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury, said: “The sad reality is that women are nearly always murdered by someone they know.”

That sad reality is even more evident for Black women.

VPC reported that 94 percent of Black females murdered by men knew their killers. The average age of Black female homicide victims was 34 years old. More than half of the Black women murdered were killed by gunfire, and 52 percent died at the hands of their husbands, ex-husbands or boyfriends. More than 90 percent died during the course of an argument. Read more here.