Black Women at Greater Risk of Becoming Victims of Homicidal Domestic Violence

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Funeral of Deanna Cook, daughter of lady in Blue, who was killed by her ex-husband in her home as she called 911 Domestic violence is a crime that cuts a painful swath across all races, socioeconomic levels and cultures.But experts in the field say that one set of victims — black women — is at a far greater risk to experience the grimmest of all domestic violence statistics:They are about three times more likely to die at the hands of a partner or ex-partner than members of other racial groups. Intimate-partner homicide is also among the leading causes of death for black women ages 15 to 35.And, the experts add, their plight may not change anytime soon because of complex underlying causes that in some cases stretch back generations: unemployment, poverty, lack of education, incarceration and violent environments.“A lot of groups have economic issues, but a lot of groups have not had the economic issues we’ve had for as long as we’ve had, for the reasons that we’ve had,” said Dr. Gail Wyatt, a professor of psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences at UCLA for 35 years.“This is not just an African-American problem, but we are disproportionately affected by it.”Domestic violence killings have become a high-profile issue in North Texas. . . .

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