NewsData Shows Black Women More Likely To Be Killed

Data Shows Black Women More Likely To Be Killed

A new study investigates how and why Black women are 6 times more likely to be killed than their white counterparts.

“To obtain a more nuanced understanding, we examined statewide shifts and found that U.S. states with the greatest racial inequities in homicide rates correlate with areas of the country where there are substantial structural inequities delineated along wealth markers, namely education attainment, employment type, and status, and extreme poverty,” explained the study.

A key contributor to this increased violence against Black women was identified as intimate partner violence, with over half of all homicides of Black women stemming from this, as confirmed by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Lancet study also mentioned the “Ferguson effect” in how Black communities declined trust in police makes Black women less likely to seek out authorities when they are at risk. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic led to further social isolation and a heightening of systemic inequities that led to less resources being accessible and optimal for those in domestic violence situations.

“For every one person who’s murdered, you’ve got their family members, you’ve got their friends, you’ve got their communities who are devastated,” shared Bernadine Waller, one of the lead authors of the study. “So, if you’re looking at that through that lens, what does that mean for our Black families?”

As Black women remain critically at higher risk of death by homicide than white women, policy implementation and funding to combat these issues remain at the forefront of resolutions.

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Source: Black Enterprise


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