October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a new report shows Nevada is making some progress when it comes to the rate of women murdered by men.
The report, by the Violence Policy Center (VPC), shows Nevada ranked sixteenth in the nation for women murdered by men in 2011, down from the top spot in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
"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."
Nationwide, 1,707 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011. For incidents in which the relationship between the victim and offender could be identified, 94 percent of female victims were murdered by a male they knew.
The top five states for women murdered by men in 2011 are South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware and Arizona, according to the report.
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