South Carolina, Alaska and New Mexico top the list of high rates of women murdered by men, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2013 Homicide Data.”
The study, released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, found that nationwide, 94 percent of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew, and the most common weapon used was a gun.The study applies to 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. It covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Supplementary Homicide Report.
A total of 1,615 females in the United States were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2013, at a rate of 1.09 per 100,000. The report found that 94 percent of female victims were murdered by a male they knew.
According to the report, 280 of the women murdered in 2013 were shot and killed by either their husband or intimate acquaintance during an argument. “This is the exact scenario – the lone male attacker and the vulnerable woman – that is often used to promote gun ownership among women,” the report notes. “Women face the greatest threat from someone they know, most often a spouse or an intimate acquaintance, who is armed with a gun. For women in America, guns are not used to save lives, but to take them.”
“When men murder women, the most common weapon used is a gun,” Julia Wyman, executive director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence, said in a press release. “Closing gaps in state and federal gun laws will save women’s lives.”
Despite the grim statistics, the overall trend of women murdered by men in single victim/single offender incidents has declined. In 1996, the rate was 1.57 per 100,000 women, compared to 1.09 women in 2013. That’s a 31 percent decrease.
Here are the 10 states with the highest rate of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2013:
- South Carolina: 2.32 per 100,000
- Alaska: 2.29 per 100,000
- New Mexico: 2.00 per 100,000
- Louisiana: 1.99 per 100,000
- Nevada: 1.95 per 100,000
- (tie)Tennessee: 1.65 per 100,000
- (tie) Oklahoma: 1.65 per 100,000
- Vermont: 1.58 per 100,000
- Maine: 1.47 per 100,000
- Michigan: 1.45 per 100,000