Black women more affected by domestic violence.
Domestic violence affects all Americans, regardless of race,
gender, or socioeconomic status, but domestic violence by an intimate
partner is the leading killer of black women ages 15-45. Each year 1.3
million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner,
according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. However,
this threat has disproportionately fatal consequences for African
American women who make up roughly 7% of the total U.S. population,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Although 1 in every 4 women will
experience domestic violence in her lifetime, black women experience 35%
more incidents than white women.
Death at Hands of an Intimate Partner
All Victims Female Victims
White Women 53% 67%
White Men 12%
Black Women 22% 29%
Black Men 9%
Other Women 3% 4%
Other Men 1%
Note: Table made from pie chart.
SOURCE: INSTITUTE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE AFRICAN
AMERICAN COMMUNITY, 2005