In 2013, the homicide rate among female victims murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents nationally was 1.09 per 100,000. For that year, South Carolina ranked first as the state with the highest homicide rate among female victims killed by male offenders in single victim/single offender incidents. Its rate of 2.32 per 100,000 was more than double the national average. South Carolina was followed by Alaska (2.29 per 100,000) and New Mexico (2.00 per 100,000). The remaining states that comprise the top 10, all of which had female homicide victimization rates higher than the national average.
AGE AND RACE OF FEMALE HOMICIDE VICTIMS
In 2013, for single female victim/single male offender homicides where the age of the victim was reported (1,570 homicides), seven percent of the victims were younger than 18 years old (114 victims) and nine percent were 65 years of age or older (146 victims). The average age of female homicide victims was 40 years old. Homicides in which race was identified (1,596 victims) included: 21 American Indian or Alaskan Native females; 36 Asian or Pacific Islander females; 453 black females; and, 1,086 white females. Eighty-seven percent (1,392 out of 1,596) of the homicides where the race of the female victim and male offender were known were intra-racial.13 Overall, black females were murdered by males at a rate (2.36 per 100,000) two and a half times higher than white females (0.95 per 100,000). American Indian and Alaskan Native females (1.12 per 100,000) were murdered by male offenders at a slightly higher rate than white females, while Asian and Pacific Islander females were the least