Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
SILVA, Leonildo Severino da; MENEZES, Maria Lúcia Neto de; LOPES, Cyntia Lins de Almeida and CORREA, Maria Suely Medeiros. Years of potential life lost by female homicide victims in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.9, pp.1721-1730. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2011000900006.
This cross-sectional epidemiological study aimed to calculate the potential years of life lost by female homicide victims in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil, in 2003-2007. A database was used from the Operational Division for Information on Births and Deaths under the Recife Municipal Health Department. All death certificates for childbearing-age women were reviewed for the five-year period. The results showed a total of 12,120 potential years of life lost by these women, mostly young, black (88%), with unknown levels of schooling (78.2%), single (80%), in District III of the city, and murdered with firearms in their own homes. The specific mortality rate was 10.8 homicides per 100,000 childbearing-age women. The 43.3 years of life lost per woman express the city's characteristics, poverty levels, unemployment, population density, residential instability, and social inequality, exposing residents to social strife, crime, and violence.
Keywords : Potential Years of Life Lost; Homicide; Women.