When Men Murder Women

An Analysis of 2019 Homicide Data

UNITED STATES
1,795 females were murdered by males in the United States in 2019
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in the United States was 1.18 per 100,000 in 2019

AGE
For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (1,752 homicides), there were 81 female homicide victims (5 percent) who were less than 18 years old and 227 victims (13 percent) who were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 41 years old.

RACE
Out of 1,795 female homicide victims, 1,166 were white, 501 were Black, 53 were Asian or Pacific Islander, 39 were American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 36 were of unknown race.

MOST COMMON WEAPONS
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 58 percent of female victims (910 out of 1,566) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 65 percent (596 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 305 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 86 females killed by a blunt object, and 156 females killed by bodily force.

VICTIM/OFFENDER RELATIONSHIP
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 91 percent of female victims (1,476 out of 1,622) were murdered by someone they knew. There were 146 female victims killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent (915 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 59 percent (537 victims) were killed with guns; 69 percent of these (370 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.

CIRCUMSTANCE
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 85 percent (1,120 out of 1,320) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 62 percent (699 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.


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