A conversation with Elizabeth Mendez Berry, who wrote the well-known Vibe magazine feature “Love Hurts” about domestic violence within (and without) hip-hop:

UPDATE: Elizabeth wrote to clarify that she misspoke at the end when she said it’s the leading cause for all women 15-45, and she sent over more info about where she got the statistics referenced in the video, see below.

“Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death for
African-American women ages 15 to 45 and the seventh leading cause of premature death for U.S. women overall.” SOURCE: National Institute of Justice (division of the Bureau of Justice), http:// www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/jr000250e.pdf