Black Women Are Murdered 6 Times More Than White Women


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A new study confirms fears about racial violence (Kat Wilcox/Pexels)

Black women are, on average, six times more likely to be murdered than white women, according to a new report. The rates are even higher depending on where the women live and during what time period. 

The analysis, conducted by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, analyzed two decades of homicide trends for women ages 25 to 44. Published in the Lancet on Feb. 7, the study included data from 1999 to 2020.


Bernadine Waller, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and lead author of the paper, said in a statement that, “As a scholar whose research examines intimate partner violence, I have long known that there were disparities in homicide rates between Black and white women.” 

However, “to uncover the fact that Black women are murdered at rates as high as 20 to 1 is heart-breaking and underscores the urgent need to make substantive structural shifts,” Waller said.

The original article has more findings.

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