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Mandy Wimmer, 202-822-8200 x110,

Violence Policy Center

Black Women Murdered by Men are Most Often Killed with a Gun, Almost Always by Someone They Know, According to New VPC Study Rel

women murdered by men are most often killed with a gun, almost always
by someone they know, according to new the Violence Policy Center (VPC)
report When Men Murder
Women: An Analysis of 2006 Homicide Data
. 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recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished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. According to the study:

  • In 2006, 551 black
    females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender homicides.
    Black women were murdered at a rate nearly three times higher than white
    women: 2.70 per 100,000 versus 1.00 per 100,000. Twelve percent of black
    female victims were less than 18 years old.
  • Firearms--especially
    handguns--were the most common weapon used by males to murder black
    females in 2006. For the 515 homicides where the murder weapon could
    be identified, 59 percent of black female victims (305 victims) were
    shot and killed with guns. Of these, 77 percent (236 of 305) were killed
    with a handgun.
  • Where the relationship
    could be determined, 90 percent of black females killed by males in
    single victim/single offender incidents knew their killers (428 of 475).
    Nine times as many black females were murdered by a male they knew (428
    victims) than were killed by male strangers (47 victims) in single victim/single
    offender incidents in 2006.
  • The number of black
    females shot and killed by their husband or intimate acquaintance (132
    victims) was nearly three times as high as the total number murdered
    by male strangers using all weapons combined (47 victims) in single
    victim/single offender incidents in 2006.
  • The overwhelming
    majority of homicides of black females by male offenders in single victim/single
    offender incidents in 2006 were not related to any other felony crime.
    Most often, black females were killed by males in the course of an argument--most
    commonly with a firearm. In 2006, for the 412 homicides in which the
    circumstances between the black female victim and the male killer could
    be identified, 89 percent (365 out of 412) were not related to the commission
    of any other felony.

VPC Legislative Director
Kristen Rand states, "These findings alarmingly demonstrate how domestic
violence can escalate to homicide. More resources need to be made available
to protect women and prevent such tragedies."

The study also ranks
each state by its rate of total female homicide for females of all races
involving one female murder victim and one male offender. For the second
year in a row, Nevada, with a rate of 3.27 per 100,000, ranked first in
the nation in the rate of women killed by men. Ranked behind Nevada were:
South Carolina at 2 with a rate of 2.84 per 100,000; Alabama at 3 with
a rate of 2.20 per 100,000; Oklahoma at 4 with a rate of 2.10 per 100,000;
Louisiana at 5 with a rate of 1.97 per 100,000; Vermont at 6 with a rate
of 1.90 per 100,000; Texas at 7 with a rate of 1.82 per 100,000; Arkansas
at 8 with a rate of 1.74 per 100,000; Arizona at 9 with a rate of 1.72
per 100,000; and, Tennessee 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 1.29 per 100,000.


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