Annual Study From Violence Policy Center Published
Saturday, October 21, 2006 12:48 AM

20 October 2006.  The annual study published by the Violence Policy Center, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2004 Homicide Data was recently published.  This study found that in 2004, 92% of murders where men were the offenders and women were the victims involved parties that knew each other.  In 62% of cases, the women were either currently married to, previously married to, or intimate partners with the offender.  The average age of the victim was 38 and 83% of them were between the ages of 18 and 65.  49% of these homicides were committed with a firearm, and in about two-thirds of all murders of females by firearm, the perpetrator was a male intimate.

The national homicide rates of females by male perpetrators varied between states, averaging 1.29 per 100,000.  The highest ranking state had more than double that rate.

Compiled from Family Violence Prevention Fund.  11 October 2006.  Most Female Murder Victims are Killed by Someone they Know, Study Finds.  Available