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WHEN MEN MURDER WOMEN: AN ANALSYIS OF THE 2011 HOMICIDE DATA

A 2011 report by the Violence Policy Center addresses the issue of intimate partner violence. The report details the reality of females killed by male offenders and breaks down the numbers by race, age, relationship with the male offenders and murder rates by states.

Nationwide, 1,707 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011, at a rate of 1.17 per 100,000. For homicides nationwide in which the weapon could be determined, more female homicides were committed with firearms (51 percent) than any other weapon.

For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 94 percent of female victims were murdered by a male they knew. Nationwide, sixteen times as many females were murdered by a male they knew (1,509 victims) than were killed by male strangers (92 victims). Among victims who knew their offenders, 61 percent of female homicide victims were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers.

The study also ranks each state based on the homicide rate for females murdered by males. In 2011, South Carolina led the nation with a rate of 2.54 per 100,000.

The report also found that, “black females were murdered by males at a rate of 2.61 per 100,000, compared to a rate of 0.99 per 100,000 for white females.”

To read the complete study, click on this link:   http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2013.pdf.

 

From The Police Chief, vol. LXXX, no. 10, October 2013. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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