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More than 1,600 women in U.S. murdered by men in 2015, study says

| Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 2:09 p.m.

More than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2015 and 93 percent knew their killer, the Violence Policy Center says in a new analysis of FBI crime data.

The annual report covers homicides with one female victim and one male offender. In 2015, there were 1,686 cases.

The rate of women killed in these homicides has dropped 29 percent from 1.57 victims per 100,000 females in 1996 to 1.12 per 100,000 in 2015, the study says. But the 2015 rate represents a sharp increase from the 2014 rate of 1.08 victims per 100,000 women.

Pennsylvania's rate in 2015 was 1.16 victims per 100,000 women, and the state ranked 22nd out of the 48 states that provided supplemental homicide report data to the FBI. Alabama and Florida didn't provide data and Illinois provided limited data, the study says.

About 84 percent of the homicides didn't happen during the commission of another crime such as a rape or robbery. “Most often, females were killed by males in the course of an argument between the victim and the offender,” the study says.

Of the victims who knew their killers, 64 percent were wives or other intimate acquaintances of the man.

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