The tragedy of domestic violence against woman in the Black community is on a steady rise. More Black women are killed by their boyfriends than any other demographic in the America. In these cases, Black women are increasingly the victims of gun violence.
These stories have been often overlooked in the national media except when it affects celebrities. Take for example the best friend of boxer Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather was chatting by FaceTime to his best friend Earl Hayes. Hayes was having a violent confrontation with his wife Stephanie Moseley, well-known backup dancer and star on VH1’s “Hit the Floor.” Hayes accused Moseley of having an affair with Trey Songz. Mayweather was shocked to hear multiple gunshots ring out as Hayes gunned down Mosley, who was taking a bath. For the next few minutes, a horrified Mayweather pleaded with a despondent Hayes to calm down and not hurt himself. When LAPD arrived at the home, Hayes turned the gun on himself in a tragic murder-suicide.
According to a study by the Violence Policy Center to be released in October 2015 as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, nine out of 10 black women murdered by men are killed by someone they know, most often with a gun. The study states, “In 2013, 453 black females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents, at a rate of 2.36 per 100,000. In comparison, the rate for white women murdered by males for that year was 0.95 per 100,000. Nationwide, across all races, 1,615 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2013, at a rate of 1.09 per 100,000.”
It has been estimated that 59 percent of black female victims were shot and killed with guns, a sobering statistic. The study goes on to state:
“-Compared to a black male, a black female is far more likely to be killed by her spouse, an intimate acquaintance, or a family member than by a stranger. Where the relationship could be determined, 92 percent of black females killed by males in single victim/single offender incidents knew their killers. Of the black victims who knew their offenders, 56 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.
-The vast majority of homicides of black females murdered by males were not related to any other felony crime. Most often, black females were killed by males in the course of an argument. In cases where the circumstances could be identified, 84 percent were not related to the commission of any other felony.”
The study then goes on to list the top 10 states with the highest rates of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2013:
- South Carolina 2.32 per 100,000
- Alaska 2.29 per 100,000
- New Mexico 2.00 per 100,000
- Louisiana 1.99 per 100,000
- Nevada 1.95 per 100,000
- (tie) Tennessee 1.65 per 100,000
- (tie) Oklahoma 1.65 per 100,000
- Vermont 1.58 per 100,000
- Maine 1.47 per 100,000
- Michigan 1.45 per 100,000