When Men Murder Women: An
Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data
Females Murdered by Males
in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents
18 females were murdered by males
in Nevada in 1998
The homicide rate among females murdered
by males in Nevada was 2.10 per 100,000 in 1998
Ranked 8th in the United
One female homicide victim (6 percent) was less
than 18 years old, and 3 victims (19 percent) were 65 years of age or
older. The average age was 42 years old.
Out of 18 female murder victims, 1 was Asian,
5 were black, 11 were white, and 1 victim's race was unknown.
For homicides in which the weapon used could be
identified, 65 percent of female victims (11 out of 17) were shot and
killed with guns. Of these, 91 percent (10 victims) were killed with
handguns. There were 2 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments
and 2 females killed by a blunt object.
For homicides in which the victim to offender
relationship could be identified, all of the female victims (17 out
of 17) were murdered by someone they knew. None of the female victims
were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 47
percent (8 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends
of the offenders. Among the 8 female intimates murdered, 63 percent
(5 victims) were killed with guns; 80 percent of these (4 victims) were
shot and killed with handguns.
For the 12 homicides in which the circumstance
could be identified, none were related to the commission of any other
felony. Overall, 42 percent (5 homicides) involved arguments between
the victim and offender.
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