By Casey Quinlan

The death of O’Neal, a Black woman, is also part of a disturbing prevalence of intimate partner violence against Black women in the United States. According tothe Institute for Women’s Policy Research, more than four in ten Black women have suffered physical violence from an intimate partner, with lower rates for white women, Latinx women, and Asian/Pacific Islander women. Black women also have higher rates of experiencing psychological abuse, such as coercive control, and a particularly high risk of being killed by a man. Nine in 10 Black female murder victims knew the person who killed them.

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