Nevada's rate of women killed by men — more than double the national average — ranks first in the nation for the second consecutive year, says a new study from the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center reported by the Las Vegas Sun. Nevada has taken the unenviable top spot four of the past five years in the “When Men Murder Women” report. The new report analyzes homicides from 2009, the most recent data available from the FBI.
Nevada's homicide rate of women killed by men in 2009 was 2.7 per 100,000. The national average was 1.25 per 100,000. Alabama and Louisiana followed Nevada in the report's homicide rate rankings. Police say the gloomy portrait of domestic violence in Nevada isn't necessarily accurate now. Lt. Rob Lundquist said domestic violence-related homicides in Las Vegas have been decreasing since the report's data were collected. “We've definitely had a substantial reduction in domestic violence-related homicides and also female fatalities,” Lundquist said. “We've taken a very active stance on it.”