Violence Policy Center Releases
Annual Report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2002 Homicide Data
Released for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Ranks Alaska #1 in
Rate of Women Murdered by Men
DC—The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released When
Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2002 Homicide Data. This annual report,
which details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving
one female murder victim and one male offender, illustrates the unique role firearms
play in female homicide. The study is being released to coincide with Domestic
Violence Awareness Month in October. In 2002, the most recent data available
from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished Supplementary Homicide
Report, firearms were the most common weapon used by males to murder females (928
of 1,733 or 54 percent). Of these, 73 percent (679 of 928) were committed with
handguns. Alaska ranks first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men.
Ranked behind Alaska are: Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Delaware, North Carolina, and Alabama. Nationally the rate was 1.37
author Marty Langley states, "These numbers should serve as a wake-up call to
the states with the highest rates of female homicide. In identifying solutions
to domestic violence, the role firearms play must be addressed."
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The Violence Policy
Center is a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research
on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms
violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
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