by Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner et al.
To describe the epidemiology of intimate partner violence (IPV) homicide
in Massachusetts, an IPV mortality data set developed by the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health was analyzed. The rates of death were estimated
by dividing the number of decedents over the aged-matched population and
Poisson regression was used to estimate the contribution of race, ethnicity,
and foreign-born status to the risk of dying from IPV. Out of the total 270
women whose deaths were associated with IPV, 239 (89%) were killed by a
male partner. Black women had a risk of dying from IPV of 16.2 per 1,000,000
person-years. Hispanic women also had a higher risk of dying from IPV than
non-Hispanic women; incidence risk ratio of 9.7 (Poisson regression 95%
confidence interval 6.8-13.8). IPV femicide disproportionately affected Black
and Hispanic women. Agencies must consider the importance of providing
culturally appropriate services to IPV survivors and their community.