Okla. ranks 3rd in rate of women murdered by men

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A national study released Wednesday focused on a sad reality of our country and had shocking results for the Sooner State.

According to the new Violence Policy Center report, Oklahoma ranks third in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men.

The study covered homicides across the country involving one female murder victim and one male offender in 2011.

“Nine women each week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “That’s nearly 500 domestic gun violence deaths each year, more than twice the number of servicewomen killed in military conflicts since the Korean War. We urgently need better policies that protect women and their families from this senseless violence. No American, adult or child, should live in a perpetual state of fear. It’s inhumane.”

The 10 states with the highest rates of females murdered by males in 2011 is as follows:

  • 1. South Carolina: 2.54 women killed per 100,000
  • 2. Alaska: 2.01 women killed per 100,000
  • 3. Oklahoma: 1.99 women killed per 100,000
  • 4. Delaware: 1.92 women killed per 100,000
  • 5. Arizona: 1.84 women killed per 100,000
  • 6. Tennessee: 1.80 women killed per 100,000
  • 7. Idaho: 1.77 women killed per 100,000
  • 8. West Virginia: 1.70 women killed per 100,000
  • 9. Louisiana: 1.67 women killed per 100,000
  • 10. New Mexico: 1.62 women killed per 100,000.

According to the study, for homicides in which the victim’s and offender’s relationship could be identified, 94 percent of female victims were murdered by a male they knew.

Among the victims who knew their offenders, 61 percent of female homicide victims were wives or intimate in some fashion with their killers.

For more information on the study, visit the VPC’s website.