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While intimate partner violence (IPV) affects people from all identities and backgrounds, African American women are disproportionately impacted.
Over 50% of female homicide victims in the United States are African American, and homicide at the hands of an intimate partner is the leading cause of premature death among African American women ages 15-44. African American women are murdered by men at more than twice the rate of white women. South Carolina consistently ranks among the top 10 states in the nation for women killed by men annually, with African American women experiencing a disproportionately high rate of lethal violence.
During this talk-back event, we want to hear from community members about the complex and unique barriers facing African American women who experience intimate partner violence and how we can come together as a community to address these issues.