When Men Murder Women

An Analysis of 2019 Homicide Data

MISSOURI
64 females were murdered by males in Missouri in 2019
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in Missouri was 2.05 per 100,000 in 2019

Ranked 7th in the United States

AGE
For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (64 homicides), 2 victims (3 percent) were less than 18 years old and 3 victims (5 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 36 years old.

RACE
Out of 64 female homicide victims, 36 were white, 25 were Black, and 3 were Asian or Pacific Islander.

MOST COMMON WEAPONS
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 81 percent of female victims (46 out of 57) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 72 percent (33 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 5 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 4 females killed by a blunt object, and 1 female killed by bodily force.

VICTIM/OFFENDER RELATIONSHIP
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 89 percent of female victims (48 out of 54) were murdered by someone they knew. Six female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 65 percent (31 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 74 percent (23 victims) were killed with guns; 83 percent of these (19 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.

CIRCUMSTANCE
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 80 percent (40 out of 50) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 83 percent (33 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.


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