The following is a press release by the Violence Policy Center:
WASHINGTON, DC--Louisiana, with a rate of 1.99 per 100,000, ranked third in the nation in the rate of women killed by men according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data" (http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2011.pdf). The annual VPC report details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. The study uses the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report and is released each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The 10 states with the highest rates of women murdered by men were: Nevada at 1 with a rate of 2.70 per 100,000; Alabama at 2 with a rate of 2.64 per 100,000; Louisiana at 3 with a rate of 1.99 per 100,000; Arizona at 4 with a rate of 1.92 per 100,000; Tennessee at 5 with a rate of 1.83 per 100,000; Georgia at 6 with a rate of 1.80 per 100,000; South Carolina at 7 with a rate of 1.79 per 100,000; South Dakota at 8 (tie) with a rate of 1.72 per 100,000; Hawaii at 8 (tie) with a rate of 1.72 per 100,000; and, Missouri at 10 with a rate of 1.70 per 100,000. Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances was 1.25 per 100,000.
VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, "Violence against women too often escalates to homicide. Prevention of such violence deserves serious and sustained attention from law enforcement officials and policymakers alike."