Nevada ranks seventh in the U.S. for the rate of which women are killed by men, according to an annual Violence Policy Center (VPC) study. This is the seventh year in a row that Nevada has ranked in the top ten states.
In Nevada, 33 females were murdered by men in 2018. That means that out of 100,000 females, 2.18 women are killed by men, which is above the national average of 1.28.
The study also found that 96 percent of the female victims were killed by someone that they knew. Of that 96 percent, 63 percent – or 17 people – were wives, ex-wives, girlfriends, or long-term domestic partners of the male offender.
For homicides where the weapons were identified, 17 out of 33 women were shot and killed with guns. Also, four women were killed with knives, and 10 were killed by bodily force.
The VPC is a national non-profit that advocates for gun control and they have been publishing this study for 23 years.
According to the press release, “[the VPC] urges that state legislators adopt laws that enhance enforcement of federal legislation and ensure that guns are surrendered by or removed from the presence of abusers.”
The top ten states are:
- Alaska, with a rate of 3.41
- Missouri, with a rate of 2.43
- Oklahoma, with a rate of 2.31
- New Mexico, with a rate of 2.27
- Louisiana, with a rate of 2.26
- Arkansas, with a rate of 2.22
- Nevada, with a rate of 2.18
- North Dakota, with a rate of 2.16
- Montana, with a rate of 1.71
The state with the lowest rank is Iowa, with a rate of 0.38.
According to Alyssa Ropell, the development coordinator for the Domestic Violence Resource Center, one in four women and one in seven men in the U.S. are victims of domestic abuse.
“The reason why we have such high rates [in Nevada] can be attributed to a lack of resources and a lack of funding for domestic violence programs,” Ropell said. She also said that while Nevada has fallen from being ranked number three to number seven, there is still a lot of room for improvement.
The Domestic Violence Resource Center, Nevada’s oldest domestic violence program, offers free and confidential services to anyone who identifies as a victim of domestic violence. They provide counseling, housing, clothing and transportation. They also offer a 24/7 crisis hotline, which can be reached at 775-329-4150 and is available for anyone in the United States.
“Our main goal is to ensure [the victim’s] safety and then to provide them the support and resources that they need to move forward in an independent and self-sufficient way,” Ropell said.
Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 775-420-1285. Please help support her work by subscribing.