Alaska Ranks #1 in Rate
of Women Murdered by Men According to VPC Study Released Each Year for Domestic
Violence Awareness Month in October
DC—The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released When
Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2004 Homicide Data. This annual report
details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving
one female murder victim and one male offender. The VPC releases the study each
year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. In
2004, according to 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unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report, firearms were the most common weapon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 (811 of 1,663 homicides or 49 percent). Of these,
72 percent (582 of 811) were committed with handguns. In cases where the victims
knew their offenders, 62 percent of female homicide victims (966 of 1,563) were
wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers. Alaska ranks first in the nation
in the rate of women killed by men. Ranked behind Alaska are: New Mexico, Wyoming,
Louisiana, Nevada, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Tennessee
(see chart below). Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single
offender instances was 1.29 per 100,000.
Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, "These numbers should serve as a wake-up
call to the states with the highest rates of female homicide that more needs to
be done to protect women."
Rate per 100,000 |
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006
Violence Policy Center
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