When Homicide Is the Leading Cause of Death

Many are unaware that homicide by an intimate partner is the leading cause of death among pregnant women and women of infants. Below are a few recent examples of such common tragedies that have been in the news. Visit our page “How To Help Victims” to learn how you can assist women in these dire circumstances.

Evaluation of death certificates from national database paints a grim picture for pregnant women.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03392-8?fbclid=IwAR2-mG5LMKSU8McBTZKQM9iI1XGADCcEQg6jBIfXswZT8mLiT6eOWXNptXY

Suspected father allegedly shot and killed the mother of a 3-month-old baby as she was pushing a baby carriage with the infant inside on Wednesday, authorities said. Reportedly the abuse began while she was pregnant and she was attempting to set boundaries with her batterer.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-woman-fatally-shot-pushing-stroller-upper-east-side-20220630-hi6rh3fqznajzpd5gnvj7hpska-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2-mG5LMKSU8McBTZKQM9iI1XGADCcEQg6jBIfXswZT8mLiT6eOWXNpt

The ex-boyfriend beheaded an 8-month-old pregnant woman, authorities said. Pregnant domestic violence victims are at high-risk for homicide. This is why many choose abortion or adoption. Whether pregnant or not, terminating the toxic relationship is the most lethal time for survivors.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5564376/pregnant-woman-found-beheaded-planned-baby-shower/

Father hunted down, shot, and killed the mother of a 4-year-old and 1-year-old on Tuesday after she got a protection order and moved to a secret location. One of the kids witnessed the murder. The victim’s brother was also shot. Leaving an abusive relationship (especially being pregnant or with young children) is most delicate and lethal. For many women who find themselves pregnant, abortion is often the only way they can potentially survive. The current law gives batterers rights to the children once born.


Husband murdered pregnant wife, who had searched the internet ‘what to do if your husband is upset your pregnant’, authorities said. Far too many women are navigating life or death scenarios. Be less judgemental – be a good listener.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-sentenced-killing-wife-d-searched-husband-upset-are-pregnant-rcna37422?fbclid=IwAR1zy9oOX0yo5UBEo1n83VemYkxJc47obByOkR1TM_reH6ywK0vTSE8Hokg