On October 19, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder stated, “Disturbingly, intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45.”  (1)

But according to the WISQARS database of the US Centers for Disease Control, these are the leading causes of death for African-American women in the 15-45 year age range in 2007 (2):

1. Cancer: 2,192 deaths

2. Heart disease: 1,769 deaths

3. Accidents (Unintentional Injury): 1,528 deaths

4. HIV: 1,261 deaths

So intimate partner homicide is not the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45.

Sources:

(1) http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-091019.html

(2) http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus10.html