The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Georgia has 12th highest rate of women killed by men

Posted on: 09.25.13

VPC reportGeorgia has the twelfth-highest homicide rate in the nation for women killed by men, according to a study released this week on violence against women.

Georgia’s rate of 1.58 per 100,000 came out in the study, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data,” which is released each year as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by the Washington-based Violence Policy Center.  The study is available for download on their website.

“The sad reality is that women are nearly always murdered by someone they know,” said VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Already, many elected officials and community leaders are working tirelessly to reduce the toll of domestic violence. Yet despite these efforts, the numbers remain unacceptably high. We need new policies in place from local communities to the federal government to protect women from harm.”

The 10 states with the highest rates of women murdered by men were in descending order South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware, Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho, West Virginia, Louisiana, and New Mexico, according to the study.

“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.”

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