TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — A new study puts Kansas among states with the highest rates of women murdered by men.
According to a new study by the Violence Policy Center (VPC), the homicide rates in Kansas of women murdered by men was 1.36 per 100,000.
That places the state seventh in the nation. It's the first time the state has finished in the top ten. Only Alaska, Nevada, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Arkansas. Missouri was tied with New Mexico for 10th (1.52 per 100,000).
The study used data from 2015 and measured homicides with one female and one male offender.
The study also found an overwhelming number of the killings were committed by men the victims knew (93%) and 64% involved a spouse or intimate acquaintance, the VPC said.
"Women killed by men are most often killed by someone they know and more than half were killed by an intimate partner," Legislative Director Kristen Rand said. "Much more must be done to identify and implement strategies to prevent these tragedies."
The VPC issues the annual report ahead of October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, urging states to adopt tougher abuse laws. Since the organization published their first report, in 1998, the nationwide rate of women murdered by men in single victim/single offender incidents has dropped 29%, from 1.57 per 100,000 in 1996 to 1.12 in 2015. Overall, 1,686 women were killed by men in single victim/single offender incidents.