New Mexico ranks 10th in rate of women murdered by men

Updated: 09/25/2013 2:46 PM | Created: 09/25/2013 2:28 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

An unsettling study on violence in the United States reveals New Mexico has the tenth highest rate of women murdered by men.

According to the report by the national Violence Policy Center, 1.62 per 100,000 New Mexico women are murdered by men. The study analyzed homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender using data from the FBI's unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report. The report applies to murder cases in 2011.

"The sad reality is that women are nearly always murdered by someone they know," VPC legislative director Kristen Rand said. "Already, many elected officials and community leaders are working tirelessly to reduce the toll of domestic violence. Yet despite these efforts, the numbers remain unacceptably high. We need new policies in place from local communities to the federal government to protect women from harm."

South Carolina had the highest rate of women murdered by males: 2.54 per 100,000. Nationally, 1,707 females were murdered by males in 2011.

In cases where the homicide victim's relationship to the offender could be identified, 94 percent of women knew their murderer.

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