Report: For fourth year in a row, Alaska has highest rate of men killing women

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A report from the Violence Policy Center, based in Washington, D.C., shows Alaska once again at the top of the list when it comes to rates of homicides committed by men against women.

According to the report, nearly four of every 100,000 women in the state are murdered by men. The rate of 3.96 per 100,000 is the highest of all states in the entire United States.

"We know a lot about how to protect women, but the key aspect of it is to have adequate resources available and to have women understand what resources are available," said Kristen Rand, VPC Legislative Director. "One of the major factors across the board is there's a lack of awareness."

Louisiana was second with 63 homicides committed by men against women, for a rate of 2.64 per 100,000; Arkansas was third with 34 homicides committed by men against women, for a rate of 2.23 per 100,000.

Across the country, 92 percent of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew. In Alaska, all of the victims personally knew their attackers.

"In Alaska, it's 100 percent of victims are killed by someone they know," Rand said, "and 70 percent of those are intimate partners of the killer. So that, I think, really frames the problem - and the fact that your rate is so high is extremely alarming, that that many women are being killed by intimate partners."

The VPC uses what is at the time the most recent data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Unified Crimes Report to compile information from each state across the country, and then compares that data across the board. In this case, that is the 2017 UCR.

The preliminary UCR for 2018 has been released. The final report is expected in the coming weeks.

To reach the crisis line for Stand Together Against Rape, you can call (800) 478-8999 statewide. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached online at https://www.thehotline.org.

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