The vast majority of women who are killed by men know their attacker, according to a new study of single victim/single offender homicides.
Researchers for the non-profit Violence Policy Center analyzed 2011 homicide data and found that 94 percent of female victims were murdered by a male they knew. Among female victims who knew their attackers, 61 percent were intimately involved with their killers.
Firearms were used in more than half (51 percent) of female victim-male offender homicides. Black women were murdered by males at a rate of 2.61 per 100,000, compared to a rate of 0.99 per 100,000 for white women, according to the study.
South Carolina ranked first in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men. The state's rate of 2.54 homicides per 100,000 was more than double the national average.
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