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Abusive Lovers Responsible For Many Murders Of Women

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Forty percent of women murdered in New York City die at the hands of an abusive man, according to a study on domestic violence.

The city Health Department, which conducted the so-called "femicide" study, says women who leave a controlling man for a new lover are at the highest risk of being killed by “intimate partners,” including current or former husbands or boyfriends.

Most of the female victims are immigrants, the study also found. Officials say the women are isolated and afraid to seek help for various reasons, including language barriers.

“After 9/11 of this year, there have been four additional women — five actually, because last night they killed one,” said Katherine Larrequi of the group Latinas Against Domestic Violence. “So it's kind of scary. It's in our community, and we need to make a stand for this.”

On Sunday, the group marched in the Concourse Village section of the Bronx in memory of Gladys Ricart, who was killed in 1999 by her ex-boyfriend as she was getting ready for her wedding. About 60 of the demonstrators wore wedding dresses.

They also wanted to show support for other victims and to push the city to do more to prevent domestic violence, including implementing programs in the schools to educate kids about the dangers before it’s too late.

“By fifth grade, you can already educate children with regard to this,” said City Councilwoman Margarita Lopez. “The city can implement that kind of policy, but they are not doing it.”

Advocates say parents can also help. “As women, we raise our children, those of us who have boys need to educate them to make sure they're not abusers tomorrow, and we have to educate the females not to become victimized by the abusers,” said Evelyn Garcia of the Violence Intervention Program.

The study found that women who have their abusers arrested are three times less likely to be murdered.
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