Nevada 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 2005 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
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unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report, 1,858 females were murdered by males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. Nevada ranks first in the nation in the rate of women killed
by men. Ranked behind Nevada are: Alaska, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi,
Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Oklahoma (see chart below).
Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances
was 1.32 per 100,000.
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."
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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 18, 2007
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