When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2007 Homicide Data
When Men Murder Women is an annual report prepared by the Violence Policy Center detailing the reality of homicides committed against women. In the current report, the author analyzes Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 2007. The analysis includes breakdowns of cases in the 10 states with the highest female victim/male offender homicide rates, and a ranking of states by the rate of female homicides. The author examines only those instances involving one female homicide victim and one male offender, a scenario that is often used to promote gun ownership among women. In 2007, there were 1,865 females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents that were submitted to the FBI for the SHR. Key findings from the report dispel many of the myths regarding the nature of lethal violence against women. The author also analyzes available information on the murders of black females, and highlights laws that help protect women from abusers.