RENO — A study released by the Violence Policy Center last week stated that Nevada ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men for the second year in a row with a rate of 2.70 per 100,000. This rate was more than double the national average. Nevada has held the top position for four of the last five years.
Snapshot of Nevada, according to the VPC study:
• In 2009, 35 women were murdered by men in Nevada.
• For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 48 percent of female victims were shot and killed with guns.
• For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 91 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew, 67 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.
“Violence against women too often escalates to homicide and Nevada has held the top rank in four of the last five years,” said Sue Meuschke, executive director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. “When do we say ‘no more’?”
The annual VPC report, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data,” details national and state-by-state information on homicides involving one female victim and one male offender. The study uses the most recent data available (2009) from the FBI’s unpublished “Supplementary Homicide Report” and is released each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study concludes, “The picture that emerges from ‘When Men Murder Women’ is that women face the greatest threat from someone they know, most often a spouse or intimate acquaintance, who is armed with a gun. For women in America, guns are not used to save lives, but to take them.”
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) is a national nonprofit educational organization working for a safer America through research, investigation, analysis and advocacy. The VPC provides information to policymakers, journalists, organizations, advocates, and the general public. For more information about the VPC study, contact Patrick McGarrity 202-822-8200 ext. 110.