domestic-gun-violence-croppedGuns were the weapons most commonly used by men to murder women in the U.S., according to a new study, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data, by the Violence Policy Center (VPC).

This annual VPC report was released for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

The study is based on 2014 data, the most current available. Among its findings:

  • Of all homicides, 54 percent of female victims were shot and killed with a gun.
  • Of the homicides committed with guns, 69 percent were killed with handguns.
  • Over 1,600 women were murdered by men in the one year.
  • 93% of the murdered women were killed by men they knew.

The 10 states with the highest rate of females murdered by males (in single victim/single offer incidents) are states with weak gun laws and high gun ownership rates:

Alaska ⋅ Louisiana ⋅ Nevada ⋅ Oklahoma ⋅ South Carolina ⋅ New Mexico ⋅ South Dakota ⋅ Georgia ⋅ Tennessee ⋅ Texas

Read the full report here: 

When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data

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