Published September 21, 2012
Nevada continues to lead the United States in per capita deaths of women at the hands of men, according to a recently released study.
Nevada ranked first in per capita deaths of women by men in five of the last six years, according to “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data,” a report from the Violence Policy Center.
Per capita, Nevada saw 2.62 women killed per 100,000 people in 2010, the report found. That’s more than double the national rate of 1.22 per 100,000 people. South Carolina was the next closest state at 1.94, followed by Louisiana at 1.86.
Sue Meuschke, executive director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, attributed the high rate to several reasons, including the economy and Nevada’s gun culture.
Because of the lagging economy, women in dangerous domestic situations often wait longer before leaving due to less options for money, housing and other basic resources, Meuschke said. Guns are also a problem, she said.
“There is a culture that says that you should possess a firearm,” Meuschke said. “And, unfortunately, mixing firearms and domestic violence is a recipe for murder.”