The presence of a firearm can turn domestic violence into domestic homicide. When men murder women, the most common weapon used is a gun. Nine out of 10 females murdered by males are killed by someone they know.
To reduce lethal violence against women, it is essential to keep guns away from domestic abusers.
When Men Murder Women is an annual study released by the VPC for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. State by state, the study details the circumstances of all reported homicides of women by men in single-victim/single-offender incidents. The study also ranks the states based on their rate of females killed by males. This research is used by state and local advocates to educate the public and policymakers on the realities of domestic violence and promote effective solutions to protect women and children from abusers. The most recent edition was published in September 2022 presenting data from the year 2020. In 2023, the VPC was forced to temporarily suspend the state rankings usually contained in the report due to the unreliability of 2021 federal crime data as the result of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s ongoing transition from its Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) Summary Reporting System (SRS) to the new National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). For an overview of how the problems associated with this switchover have negatively affected data collection and its impact on gun violence research and policy development, please see the VPC study The Negative Impact of the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Transition on Gun Violence Research. It is our hope that at some point in the near future we will be able to resume publication of the original report, including its state rankings.
Previous Editions of When Men Murder Women