The death of a 16-year-old girl, shot and killed by her 17-year-old boyfriend in Oakland, Ca., is one of the most recent examples of interpersonal violence in dating relationships, says a new report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. As many as 1 in 3 adolescent girls are victims. The council cites a Centers for Disease Contol estimate that 5.3 million interpersonal violence incidents each year in the U.S. result in about 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths among women.
It is estimated that African American women experience intimate partner violence at a rate 35 percent higher than white woman and 22 percent higher than other races. Effectiveness in prevention is driven by the cultural appropriateness of programs, the council says.