When Men Murder Women: An
Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data
Females Murdered by Males
in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents
69 females were murdered by males
in Virginia in 1998
The homicide rate among females murdered
by males in Virginia was 1.99 per 100,000 in 1998
Ranked 13th in the United
Two female homicide victims (3 percent) were less
than 18 years old, and 6 victims (9 percent) were 65 years of age or
older. The average age was 39 years old.
Out of 69 female murder victims, 1 was Asian,
31 were black, and 37 were white.
For homicides in which the weapon used could be
identified, 56 percent of female victims (37 out of 66) were shot and
killed with guns. Of these, 57 percent (21 victims) were killed with
handguns. There were 10 females killed with knives or other cutting
instruments, 2 females killed by a blunt object, and 15 females killed
by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender
relationship could be identified, 98 percent of female victims (64 out
of 65) were murdered by someone they knew. One female victim was killed
by a stranger. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 66 percent (42
victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the
offenders. Among the 42 female intimates murdered, 62 percent (26 victims)
were killed with guns; 50 percent of these (13 victims) were shot and
killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstance could be identified, 95 percent (57 out of 60) were not related to the commission of any
other felony. Of these, 70 percent (40 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and offender.
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