Chapter 26: Femicide in the United States

Book Publication


This chapter examines femicide in the United States where women are most likely to be killed by their male intimate partner in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV). We attend particularly to the disproportionate killing of Black and Indigenous women, given the legacy of slavery and colonisation in the U.S. Although the legal system is the main intervention to prevent intimate partner femicide (IPF), systemic racism creates barriers to use. High rates of firearm ownership in the U.S. result in high rates of firearm homicide; firearm restrictions implemented consistently may prevent femicide. Research on risk factors for homicide among diverse groups, attending to the needs of communities of color, and the development of community-informed interventions that address systemic barriers and discrimination may also assist in femicide prevention.

External Authors

Jill Theresa Messing
Millan A. AbiNader
Jesenia Pizarro
Em Loerzel
Tricia Bent-Goodley




Interested in joining
our team? Questions
or comments?

Connect with us:  
twitter @femicidewatch

Imprint link icon & 
Privacy Policy link icon

Email us: editors (at)

UNSA Global Network
UNSA Vienna

powered by
enlightenment GmbH

UNSA Vienna


enlightenment logo