74 females were murdered by males in Georgia in 1997
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in Georgia was 1.92 per 100,000 in 1997
Ranked 12th highest in the United States
Five female homicide victims (7 percent) were less than 18 years old, and 4 victims (5 percent) were 65 years of age or older.
Race and Ethnicity
Out of 74 female murder victims, 49 were black, 23 were white, 1 was Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1 was unknown. Under ethnic classification, none of the women were categorized as being of Hispanic origin.
Most Common Weapons
In cases in which the weapon used in the homicide could be identified (73 cases), two thirds of all female homicide victims (48 victims or 66 percent) were shot and killed with guns. Over two thirds of these gun victims (33 victims or 69 percent) were killed with handguns. There were 9 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments and 8 females killed by bodily force. The remainder of cases involved other non-firearm weapons.
In cases in which the relationship between the victim and the offender could be identified (70 cases), more than 9 out of 10 female victims (65 victims or 93 percent) were murdered by someone they knew. Only 5 female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, more than two thirds (44 victims or 68 percent) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the 44 female intimates murdered, 75 percent (33 victims) were killed with guns; 73 percent of these gun victims (24 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
In cases in which the circumstance of the homicide could be identified (61 cases), 74 percent (45 cases) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these cases, 80 percent (36 cases) involved arguments between the victim and offender.