WASHINGTON (WVLT) -- Tennessee ranked third in the nation in the women killed by men per capita in 2010, according to a new report from the Violence Policy Center (VPC). Its "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data" found a rate of 1.91 per 100,000, behind only Nevada (2.62 per 100,000) and South Carolina (1.94).
"Women face an unacceptable risk of being victims of homicide perpetrated by people they know and love," said VPC Director Kristen Rand. Much more must be done to protect women and prevent domestic violence that too often escalates to homicide.”
Nationwide, the report found 1,800 incidents where a man, acting alone, killed a lone victim who was female.
An overwhelming majority of the victims, 94%, were killed by someone they knew, sixteen times more than the number who were killed by strangers. Nearly two-thirds of them were killed by wives or intimate acquaintances.
The women were shot to death more than half of the time in incidents where the weapon used was determined.
The numbers aren't as high in East Tennessee as the some other cities in the state, but Knoxville's Family Justice Center is sill worried by the increase.
"This is our issue. And so this entire community, we have to embrace that violence and families... if the family breaks down, then our entire society begins to break down," said executive director Amy Dilworth.
Dilworth said the silver lining is a chance for more funding. The Knoxville Police Department is reviewing a possible federal grant that would provide extra assistance in knocking down domestic violence.