Nevada ranks first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men, with a rate of 2.53 per 100,000, reports the Washington-based Violence Policy Center. The group today issued its annual report on men murdering women, this one the first to study 2005 FBI homicide data. The report details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. In 2005, 1,858 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents.
Where weapon use could be determined, firearms were the most common weapon used (887 of 1,713 homicides or 52 percent). Of these, 72 percent (637 of 887) were committed with handguns. In cases where it could be determined if the victim knew her offender, 62 percent of female homicide victims (976 of 1,574) were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers. Ranked behind Nevada are: Alaska at 2 with a rate of 2.49 per 100,000; Louisiana at 3 with a rate of 2.16 per 100,000; New Mexico at 4 with a rate of 2.15 per 100,000; Mississippi at 5 with a rate of 2.00 per 100,000; Arkansas at 6 with a rate of 1.98 per 100,000; South Carolina at 7 with a rate of 1.97 per 100,000; Alabama at 8 with a rate of 1.88 per 100,000; Tennessee at 9 with a rate of 1.87 per 100,000; and, Oklahoma at 10 with a rate of 1.84 per 100,000.