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Report outlines high murder rate of Native women


A new report from the Violence Policy Center shows that American Indian and Alaska Native women suffer from the second-highest murder rate among women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Based on 2004 homicide data, the murder rate of Native women was 1.28 per 100,000. This was second only to the murder rate of African-American women (2.88 per 100,000) and higher than the rates for white women (0.99 per 100,000) and Asian women (0.55 per 100,000).

Alaska topped the list of states with the highest rate of women murdered by men. Of the nine homicide victims in 2004, two of them were Native women.

New Mexico tied with Wyoming for the second highest rate. Of the 22 homicide victims, 1 was a Native woman.

Oklahoma tied with Georgia for seventh. Of the 36 victims, 2 were Native women.

Overall, of the 1,797 female homicide victims in 2004, 18 were American Indian or Alaska Natives.

Get the Story:
Alaska leads grim roundup (The Anchorage Daily News 9/21)
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Get the Report:
When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2004 Homicide Data (September 2006)

Relevant Links:
Violence Policy Center - http://www.vpc.org

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