Black female homicide death rate surged in 2020 and 2021

Social justice policies have been devastating for Black women

The nationwide George Floyd riots, and the rush to adopt new “social justice” policies for law enforcement and the judicial system, corresponds with a wild surge in Black female homicide victimization rates. Meanwhile, White and Asian rates remained relatively flat. Latina rates were only up by a fraction of the amount.

Note that a majority of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner.

Increase in female homicide victimization rates from 2019 to 2021:

Black: 51.6%
Non-Black: 13.6%
All races: 30.4%

The rate for American Indians / Alaskan Natives surged was up in 2019 and 2020, but came down in 2021.

Female homicide victimization rates by age for 2021:

Black White Black/White=
< 1 year 16 4.8 3.33
1-4 years 5.7 0.9 6.33
5-14 years 3.3 0.4 8.25
15-24 years 17.8 1.7 10.47
25-34 years 17.7 3 5.90
35-44 years 12.1 3 4.03
45-54 years 7 2.3 3.04
55-64 years 4.9 1.5 3.27
65-74 years 2.9 1.4 2.07
75-84 years 2 1.5 1.33

Cleveland is one of many cities that has experienced a dramatic surge in domestic violence hospitalizations.


Femicide has long been seen as a leading cause of death and injury for young Black females:

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Femicide, the killing of women, is also most often perpetrated by current or former husbands or boyfriends (Browne, 1993; Schnitzer & Runyan, 1995).

Among African American women between the ages of 15 and 44, femicide is the leading cause of premature death (Office of Justice Programs, 1998). Near fatal femicide of African American women also contributes to long term disabling injuries and conditions. Most often the men who kill or abuse these women are their intimate partners i.e., husbands, lovers, ex-husbands or ex-lovers (Bachman & Saltzman, 1995; Bailey, et al., 1997; Mercy & Saltzman, 1989). Therefore, "The National Black Women's Health Project" has identified the battering of women as the number one health issue for African American women (Joseph, 1997).

According to WebMD

In 1998, Salber and Taliaferro reported that the spousal homicide rate among African Americans is 8.4 times more than for whites. The incidence of spousal homicide is 7.7 times higher in interracial marriages compared to intraracial marriages.

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1 year ago

Black women are paying a high price for working to keep black male criminals out of prison.