When Men Murder Women: An
Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data
Females Murdered by Males
in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents
29 females were murdered by males
in Mississippi in 1998
The homicide rate among females murdered
by males in Mississippi was 2.02 per 100,000 in 1998
Ranked 11th in the United
Two female homicide victims (7 percent) were less
than 18 years old. There were no victims 65 years of age or older. The
average age was 31 years old.
Out of 29 female murder victims, 24 were black
and 5 were white.
For homicides in which the weapon used could be
identified, 62 percent of female victims (16 out of 26) were shot and
killed with guns. Of these, 75 percent (12 victims) were killed with
handguns. There were 7 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments,
1 female killed by a blunt object, and 2 females killed by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender
relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims (26 out
of 28) were murdered by someone they knew. Two female victims were killed
by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 50 percent (13
victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the
offenders. Among the 13 female intimates murdered, 85 percent (11 victims)
were killed with guns; 82 percent of these (9 victims) were shot and
killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstance could be identified, 92 percent (22 out of 24) were not related to the commission of any
other felony. Of these, 91 percent (20 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and offender.
When Men Murder Women Table of Contents
The Violence Policy Center is
a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research
on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies
and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America,
conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease
firearm-related death and injury.
All contents � 2000 Violence