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Mortality of Women From Intimate Partner Violence in South Africa: A National Epidemiological Study

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The purpose of this article is to describe mortality of women from intimate partner violence (IPV) in South Africa using a retrospective national study in a proportionate random sample of 25 mortuaries. Homicides identified from mortuary, autopsy, and police records. There were 3,797 female homicides, of which 50.3% were from IPV. The mortality rate from IPV was 8.8 per 100,000 women. Mortality from IPV were elevated among those 14 to 44 years and women of color. Blunt force injuries were more common, while strangulation or asphyxiation were less common. The national IPV mortality rate was more than twice that found in the United States. The study highlights the value of collecting reliable data across the globe to develop interventions for advocacy of which gender equity is critical.
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Keywords: FEMALE HOMICIDE; FEMICIDE; INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE; SOUTH AFRICA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 August 2009

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