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1:36 p.m. September 11, 2014
Tennessee Ranks #10 in rate of women murdered by men
By Jeaneane Payne

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee has ranked in the top 10 states for the rate of women murdered by men for nine of the past 10 years. Again this year, the state ranked 10th in the nation with a rate of 1.60 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data.

This year's report applies to 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. The study covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Supplementary Homicide Report.

The Center has published When Men Murder Women annually for 17 years.

Below is the complete list of the 10 states with the highest rate of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2012:

RANK   STATE   Homicide Rate, Females Murdered by Males
1   Alaska   2.57 per 100,000
2   South Carolina   2.06 per 100,000
3   Oklahoma   2.03 per 100,000
4   Louisiana   1.92 per 100,000
5   Mississippi   1.89 per 100,000
6   Nevada   1.83 per 100,000
7   Missouri   1.73 per 100,000
8   Arizona   1.70 per 100,000
9   Georgia   1.66 per 100,000
10   Tennessee   1.60 per 100,000

Nationwide, 1,706 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2012, at a rate of 1.16 per 100,000.

For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims nationwide were murdered by a male they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.

Firearms, — especially handguns, — were the weapons most commonly used by males to murder females in 2012. Nationwide, for homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 52 percent of female victims were shot and killed with a gun. Of the homicides committed with guns, 69 percent were killed with handguns.

The overwhelming majority of these homicides were not related to any other felony crime, such as rape or robbery. Nationwide, for homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 85 percent of the homicides were not related to the commission of another felony. Most often, females were killed by males in the course of an argument between the victim and the offender.

Published September 11, 2014

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