Violence Policy Center Releases
When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2000 Homicide Data
Ranks #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men
DC—The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released When
Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2000 Homicide Data. This annual report
details female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender
and illustrates the unique role firearms play in female homicide. The study found
that in 2000, the most recent data available, a majority of female homicides were
committed with firearms—and that 76 percent of all female firearm homicides were
committed with handguns. The report includes a ranking of the top 15 states with
the highest female homicide rates, with Mississippi ranking first in the rate
of women killed by men. The study is being released to coincide with Domestic
Violence Awareness Month.
Communications Director Naomi Seligman states, "The fact is that the majority
of women are not killed by strangers lurking in the dark but by those that are
closest to them, including spouses, intimate acquaintances, and close relatives.
Contrary to the gun industry's empty rhetoric, guns don't offer protection to
women, but guarantee peril." In addition to Mississippi, the top 10 ranked states
are: Arizona, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, North Carolina, Arkansas,
New Mexico, Nevada, and Georgia.
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The Violence Policy
Center is a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research
on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms
violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury.
Tuesday, October 2, 2002
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