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Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself."
–Supreme Court Justice Brandeis

Thursday, October 28, 2010

VPC--"When Men Murder Women" Released for Domestic Violence Awareness Month


In 2008, as in years past, the state of Florida did not submit any data to the FBI

Supplementary Homicide Report. Data from Florida was not requested individually because the

difference in collection techniques would create a bias in the study results.

Each year for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October the Violence Policy Center releases the report "When Men Murder Women."  This annual VPC publication details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender and ranks the states by this homicide victimization rate.  This year, Nevada led the nation in the rate of women killed by men, followed by Vermont, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri (tied), South Carolina, and Georgia.

The study is a key tool used by domestic violence prevention advocates and state and local policymakers in support of domestic violence prevention policies.

See a copy of the study's press release with a link to the full report at:


See a Huffington Post blog I wrote about the study and its findings at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-sugarmann/top-ten-most-murderous-st_b_774021.html

See some of the press coverage the study has received across the nation at:


Watch and share a VPC YouTube video on the gun industry's most recent marketing effort to women at:  http://www.youtube.com/vpcvideos

As we state in the press release that accompanied the study's release, "These findings alarmingly demonstrate how domestic violence can escalate to homicide. More resources need to be made available to protect women and prevent such tragedies."

Thank you, as always, for your support of the Violence Policy Center and our efforts to stop gun death and injury.


Josh Sugarmann

Executive Director


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