According to statistics released by the Violence Policy Center, black women face a disproportionate share of fatal domestic violence in America. The study, titled, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data,” says in 2011, 492 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.
The study covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished “Supplementary Homicide Report.” This year’s report applies to 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.
Other very disturbing facts:
-Where the relationship could be determined, 94 percent of black females killed by males knew their killers. Nearly 15 times as many black females were murdered by a male they knew than were killed by male strangers.
-Of the black victims who knew their offenders, 52 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Ninety-three percent of the homicides were intra-racial.
-Firearms, especially handguns, were the most common weapons used by males to murder black females. When the murder weapon could be identified, 51 percent of black female victims were shot and killed with guns. Within that group, 82 percent were killed with a handgun.
-In homicides where the age of victims was reported, 12 percent of black female victims were less than 18 years old (55 victims), and 5 percent were 65 years of age or older (22 victims).
-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, 87 percent were not related to the commission of any other felony.