Louisiana no. 2 for highest rate of male on female murders

September 19, 2018 - 8:18 am
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(WWL.com)

Louisiana has the second highest rate of male on female murder in the United States according to a report from the Violence Policy Center. It’s a continuing trend as the state has found itself in the top five since 2016. Legislative Director Kristen Rand says there’s a number of factors that go into the state’s high rate, but one in particular stands out.

“A key factor is gun availability. In Louisiana 69 percent of the victims were killed with guns.”

1,800 women were murdered in the US by men last year.

 

The national rate has gone up 11 percent in the last four years, with 93 percent of all murders of women by men being done by someone the victim knew beforehand. Rand says that number should dispel the myth that women at most at risk of being killed by strangers…

“That’s a myth that is out there, that women should fear strangers, when in fact women are much more likely to be killed by someone they know, and not by strangers.”

82 percent of all murders of women were not linked to another criminal activity.

Rand says Louisiana’s best shot at addressing the issue is by raising awareness of the dangers of domestic murders, and by expanding programs aimed at getting women out of abusive households.

“We really need to look at the availability of programs and resources for women especially for those in homes where there is domestic abuse.”

Black women were more than twice as likely to be murdered by a man than white women were.

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