Violence Policy Center Releases Annual Report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2002 Homicide Data

For Release:  Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Study, Released for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Ranks Alaska #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men

WASHINGTON, DC—The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2002 Homicide Data. This annual report, which details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, illustrates the unique role firearms play in female homicide. The study is being released to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. In 2002, the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report, firearms were the most common weapon used by males to murder females (928 of 1,733 or 54 percent). Of these, 73 percent (679 of 928) were committed with handguns. Alaska ranks first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men. Ranked behind Alaska are: Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, South Carolina, Tennessee, Delaware, North Carolina, and Alabama. Nationally the rate was 1.37 per 100,000.

Study author Marty Langley states, “These numbers should serve as a wake-up call to the states with the highest rates of female homicide. In identifying solutions to domestic violence, the role firearms play must be addressed.”



Number of Homicides Homicide Rate per 100,000
1 Alaska 15 4.84
2 Louisiana 67 2.91
3 New Mexico 25 2.66
4 Nevada 27 2.54
5 Wyoming 6 2.42
6 South Carolina 49 2.32
7 Tennessee 67 2.26
8 Delaware 9 2.17
9 North Carolina 88 2.08
10 Alabama 42









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