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When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2005 Homicide Data

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Publication Date: September 2007

Publisher(s): Joyce Foundation

Author(s): Violence Policy Center

Funder(s): Joyce Foundation

Funder(s): Joyce Foundation

Special Collection: The Joyce Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Safety and security)

Keywords: Gun Violence

Type: Report


The Violence Policy Center (VPC) released When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2005 Homicide Data, an annual report detailing 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 In 2005, according to the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report, 1,858 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents.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. Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances was 1.32 per 100,000.