The study was released to mark the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, and in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October
This year's report applies to 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. The study covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Supplementary Homicide Report.
“Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act 20 years ago, the federal government and many states and communities have taken heroic steps to reduce domestic violence,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Yet today, far more remains to be done to stop the epidemic of violence against women. The rate of women murdered by men in the United States is tragic and unacceptable.”
However, the rate of women killed by men in the United States remains unacceptably high. A 2002 study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that the United States accounted for 84 percent of all female firearm homicides among 25 high-income countries, while representing only 32 percent of the female population.
“We're proud of the six states that have recently passed important bipartisan bills to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, but we need to do more in the states and on Capitol Hill to address this ongoing tragedy,” says Sue Hornik, executive director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence. “The 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act is a fitting time to call for action.”
Below is the complete list of the 10 states with the highest rate of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2012:
Rank State Homicide Rate, Females Murdered by Males
1 Alaska 2.57 per 100,000
2 South Carolina 2.06 per 100,000
3 Oklahoma 2.03 per 100,000
4 Louisiana 1.92 per 100,000
5 Mississippi 1.89 per 100,000
6 Nevada 1.83 per 100,000
7 Missouri 1.73 per 100,000
8 Arizona 1.70 per 100,000
9 Georgia 1.66 per 100,000
10 Tennessee 1.60 per 100,000
Nationwide, 1,706 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2012, at a rate of 1.16 per 100,000.
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims nationwide were murdered by a male they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.