Alabama ranks 3rd in rate of women murdered

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A report finds that Alabama ranks third in a disturbing category: the rate of women murdered by men.

An annual study by The Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., analyzed FBI homicide statistics for 2006, the most recent available.

Researchers found that murders involving one female victim and one male offender took place at a rate of 1.97 slayings for every 100,000 residents in the state.

Nevada was first, with a rate of 3.27; followed by South Carolina, 2.84; Alabama, 2.2 and Oklahoma, 2.1. Of the 52 women killed by a male in Alabama in 2006, 90 percent knew their attacker.

Nationwide, 1,836 women were murdered by males in single-victim, single-offender incidents in 2006, according to the report.

The study was released Thursday to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

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