An annual report details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender.
The Violence Policy Center releases the study each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
In 2005, according to the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report, 1,858 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents.
Where weapon use could be determined, firearms were the most common weapon used by males to murder females (887 of 1,713 homicides or 52 percent). Of these, 72 percent (637 of 887) were committed with handguns. In cases where it could be determined if the victim knew her offender, 62 percent of female homicide victims (976 of 1,574) were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers.
VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, "These stark numbers should not only make people stop and remember the victims, but also raise awareness of the urgent need for intervention and prevention."
Nevada ranks first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men, with a rate of 2.53 per 100,000. Ranked behind Nevada are:
Alaska at 2 with a rate of 2.49 per 100,000;
Louisiana at 3 with a rate of 2.16 per 100,000;
New Mexico at 4 with a rate of 2.15 per 100,000;
Mississippi at 5 with a rate of 2.00 per 100,000;
Arkansas at 6 with a rate of 1.98 per 100,000;
South Carolina at 7 with a rate of 1.97 per 100,000;
Alabama at 8 with a rate of 1.88 per 100,000;
Tennessee at 9 with a rate of 1.87 per 100,000;
Oklahoma at 10 with a rate of 1.84 per 100,000.
Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances was 1.32 per 100,000. (See http://www.vpc.org/press/0709wmmw.htm for a chart listing each state, the number of female homicides, and the rate per 100,000.)
The Violence Policy Center is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury in America. For more information, please visit www.vpc.org.
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