Intimate partner homicide trends

Female murder victims are substantially more likely than male murder victims to have been killed by an intimate partner.

In recent years:

– About one third of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
– About 3% of male murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
– Of all female murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate partner has been increasing.
– Of male murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate partner has dropped.

Most intimate partner homicides involved spouses, although in recent years the number of deaths by boyfriends and girlfriends was about the same.

Source and data view Bureau of Justice Statisics Homicide Trends in the U.S.

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