Tenn 5th nationally in women killed by men

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- UPDATE: It's a dubious distinction for the Volunteer State. Women killed by men at an alarming rate, according to a new study by the Violence Policy Center. Tennessee ranks 5th on the deadly list.

"I'm disappointed. Not necessarily shocked," said Larry Stanley. "Wow! I didn't know that. That's kind of scary," said Cheryl Jones.

The violence policy center report says most of those killings are by a husband or boyfriend.

Said Linda Mourton, "it's very alarming."

"I don't think that it's something that's new. I think it's being reported more," said Lisa Williams, a victim advocate.

Williams believes Tennessee's high ranking is a sign more people are taking notice of domestic violence. "I think as far as helping domestic violence victims, I believe the system as a whole is getting better," she said.

Williams also believes we're number five partly because victims stay with their abuser. "They feel that there's not any safety net for them, there's no resources."

Nevada, Vermont, Alabama, and North Carolina round out the top five states for women murdered by men. A trend advocates say you can help change by reporting abuse even if you're not the victim.

"Just pick up the phone and dial 911 because you might save that person's life," said Williams.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee ranks fifth in the country in the rate of women killed by men.

The statistic is included in a new Violence Policy Center report "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2008 Homicide Data."

The Tennessee rate was listed as 1.97 women slain by men per 100,000 women.

Nevada was No. 1 at 2.96 per 100,000.

Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances was 1.26 per 100,000.

The report is at www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2010.pdf.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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