When Men Murder Women: An
Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data
Females Murdered by Males
in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents
Understanding the Statistics
This analysis of female homicide victims in
America is limited to cases involving one female victim and one male
offender. Supplemental data on age and race of victim, the type of weapon
used, the relationship of victim to offender, and the circumstances
of the murder are provided for each state as follows:
Rates of females killed by males in single victim/single
offender incidents by state were computed using reported incidents by
state and female population estimates for 1998 from the U.S. Census
States were ranked by their female homicide rates.
Rates were rounded to the second decimal place.
This section notes how many female homicide victims
were less than 18 years old and how many were 65 years of age or older.
This section identifies the race of female victims.
Hispanic ethnicity data is not available on a national scale, but a
limited five-state analysis is presented in the study.
Most Common Weapons
This section records the number of females killed
by firearms, specifically handguns. It also lists the most common weapons--other
than firearms--used by males to kill females.
This section lists the number of females killed
by known offenders and the number killed by strangers. This section
also enumerates the number of victims identified as wives or intimate
acquaintances (common-law wives, ex-wives, and girlfriends) of the offenders,
as well as the number of these intimates shot and killed with firearms
in general and handguns in particular.
This section indicates the number of cases in which the homicide was related to the commission of any other felony. This section
also provides the number of cases that involved arguments between the victim and offender.
When Men Murder Women Table of Contents
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conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease
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