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Nevada has highest number of women killed by men

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A study released by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) Wednesday shows Nevada with the highest number of women murdered by men in the U.S. for a third year in a row. The annual report uses the most recent data available the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report.

Data from 2010 shows 35 women were murdered by men in Nevada, according to VPC.

In cases where a weapon was used and could be identified, 45 percent of female victims were shot and killed with guns.

Study findings show that 91 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew. 56 percent of those killed were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives or girlfriends of the offenders.

The rate of women killed in Nevada by men was double the national average with 2.62 per 100,000, according to VPC's analysis of 2010 data. The latest findings keep Nevada at the top of the list for five of the last six years.

The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence says something has to be done to stop the killings.

"Reducing domestic violence homicide is the responsibility of all Nevada's communities," said Sue Meuschke, executive director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. "As this report points out, women in Nevada are at a higher risk of being victims of homicide perpetrated by people they know and love. Much more must be done in our state to change this outcome."

Read VPC's full report, here.

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