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Domestic Violence Facts

Homicide and Domestic Violence.  Why it Matters.

  • More than 9 times as many women were murdered  by a man they knew (1,587 victims) than were killed by male strangers (168).
  • 61% of female homicide victims were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers.
  • In 2002, 1880 women were murdered by men in single victim/single offender incidents.
  • 10% of the female homicide victims were less than 18 years of age (190 victims) and 9% were age 65 or older (156 victims).
  • The average age of female homicide victims was 36 years old.

State Ratings.

  • In 2002, Alaska ranked first as the state with the highest female homicide rate.
  • Following Alaska was (2) Louisiana, (3) New Mexico, (4) Nevada, (5) Wyoming, (6) South Carolina, (7) Tennessee, (8) Delaware, (9) North Carolina, (10) Alabama. 
  • Alaska's rate of 4.84 murders per 100,000 was more than three times than national average.
  • California reported 230 female homicides, the highest total number of female homicides reported in any state.
  • 54% of female homicides were committed with firearms, more than with all other weapons combined.
  • of the homicides committed with firearms, 73% were committed with handguns.
  • Two-thirds of female victims killed with firearms were killed by their male partners.
  • The number of females shot  shot and killed by their husbands or intimate  (550 victims) was more than three times higher than the total number murdered by male strangers using all weapons combined (168).
  • 287 women were shot and killed by either their husband or intimate during the course of an argument.

 Race As a Factor.

  • 59% of all African American female homicide victims were shot and killed with guns.
  • More than 8 times as many African American women were murdered by a male they knew (505 victims) than were killed by male strangers (61) victims in 2002.
  • 59% of  African American female homicide victims were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers.
  • Homicides in which race was identified included: 15 American Indians or Alaskan Natives, 53 Asian or Pacific Islanders, 636 black females, and 1159 white females.

 

 

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