Nevada Ranks #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men

Nevada Has Held Top Spot for Five of the Last Six Years

According to a study released by the Violence Policy Center today, Nevada ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men for the third year in a row with a rate of 2.62 per 100,000. This rate was more than double the national average.

Snapshot of Nevada, according to the VPC study:

  • In 2010, 35 women were murdered by men in Nevada
  • For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 45 percent of female victims were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 73 percent were killed with handguns.
  • For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 91 percent of the female victims were murdered by someone they knew, 56 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.

“Reducing domestic violence homicide is the responsibility of all Nevada’s communities,” says Sue Meuschke, Executive Director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. “As this report points out, women in Nevada are at a higher risk of being victims of homicide perpetrated by people they know and love. Much more must be done in our state to change this outcome.”

The annual VPC report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data, details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. The annual report uses the most recent data available (2010) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report and is released each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study concludes, “The picture that emerges from When Men Murder Women is that women face the greatest threat from someone they know, most often a spouse or intimate acquaintance, who is armed with a gun. for women in America, guns are not used to save lives, but to take them.”

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