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Nevada has nation's 2nd highest rate of women killed by men

LVMPD hosting ceremony to remember victims
Posted at 9:03 AM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 21:34:46-04

The state of the Nevada has the 2nd highest number of deadly domestic violence cases, according to a new report by the Violence Policy Center.

The center took a look at homicide date for 2015 from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Report. 1,600 women were killed by men that year and most of them were killed by being shot.

Nationwide, 1,686 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2015, at a rate of 1.12 per 100,000. Of the 1,686 female homicide victims, 1,110 were white, 476 were black, 48 were Asian or Pacific Islander, 28 were American Indian or Alaskan Native, and in 24 cases the race of the victim was not identified.

That means that 9 out of 10 victims knew their offenders and 64 percent of those were killed by their husband or lover.

In addition, the homicides did not happen during the course of another crime. Most often, the women were simply killed during an argument with the killer.

The report also revealed that although anyone, despite color, race or socioeconomic status, can be a victim, black women are more likely to be murdered at a rate of 2.43 per 100,000. The rate for white women is 0.96 per 100,000.

The top 10 states are:

1. Alaska
2. Nevada
3. Louisiana
4. Tennessee
5. South Carolina
6. Arkansas
7. Kansas
8. Kentucky
9. Texas
10. New Mexico and Missouri (tie)

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will host a ceremony to remember local victims of domestic violence
at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at the headquarters on Martin L. King Boulevard.

The report is released each year in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). To view the full report, please visithttp://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2017.pdf.