Nevada ranks #1 in nation for violence against women by men for the third year in a row.
The silver state has held the #1 spot for five of the last six years.
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) has released it’s data which analyzed the homicides for 2010.
According to the VPC’s research, not surprisingly the U.S. Department of Justice has found that women are much more likely to be
the victims of violent crimes committed by intimate partners than men are, especially if there is a weapon involved.
Nevada had a rate of 2.62 of these types of homicides per 100,000. That equates to 35 women murdered by males with the average age of the female homicide victim being 37 years of age. Startlingly, 17% of the homicide victims, 6 women, were under 18 years of age.
More shocking, but in line with the U.S. Department of Justice findings, is that 91% of the victims were murdered by someone they knew. The majority of the homicide victims, a total of 51% , were the wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the murderers.
The race breakdown of the 35 female homicide victims were 1 was Asian or Pacific Islander, 10 were black, and 24 were white.
The top 10 states with the highest incidence of homicides against women that were committed by men are;
Nationally, the rate is 1.22 per 100,000.
The state with the lowest incidence is South Dakota with 1 Homicide per 100,000 of women murdered by men.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month to bring attention to the plight of women involved in these unsafe situations and to help put an end to domestic violence.
There are resources available to help.
If you, or someone you know, are a victim of domestic violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has an extensive state coalition resource list , broken down by state, where you can obtain help.
In Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada Domestic Violence Task Force offers valuable resources including seminars. The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence website also offers resources, education and assistance to combat domestic violence.