More than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2013 and the most common weapon used was a gun, says the Washington-based Violence Policy Center. The annual report was issued in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. This year's study covers to 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The study also ranks the states on the rate of women murdered by men. In 2013, South Carolina had the highest rate, followed by Alaska, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Nevada. The study covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, based on data from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Report.
Nationwide, 1,615 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2013, at a rate of 1.09 per 100,000. The study found that nationwide, 94 percent of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent were wives or other intimate acquaintances of their killers. The study found that black women are disproportionately impacted by fatal domestic violence. In 2013, black females were murdered by men at a rate of 2.36 per 100,000, two and a half times higher than the rate of 0.95 per 100,000 for white women murdered by men. The center has published the report for 18 years. During that period, the rate of women murdered by men in single victim/single offender incidents has dropped 31 percent — from 1.57 per 100,000 in 1996 to 1.09 per 100,000 in 2013.