The United States registered in 2016 – the last year with available data – a total of 1,809 feminicide, more than in 2015, when it was 1,686, according to a report released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC).
This figure puts the feminicide rate for 2016 at 1.20 per 100,000 women, lower than its peak of 1.57 in 1996 but higher than the minimum of 1.08 in 2014, according to these VPC data obtained from the bases of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The states with the highest rates were Alaska (3.40), Louisiana (2.42), Nevada (1.98), Arkansas (1.97) and Tennessee (1.91).
Of the 1,809 femicides, 93% were committed by men known to the victim, and 63% of those by their romantic partners.
56% of the femicides in 2016 were committed with firearms.
Of the murdered women, 1,188 were white or Hispanic, 517 African American, 55 Asian or Pacific, 26 indigenous from the US. and 23 were not identified.
These figures place the femininity rate among African-Americans (2.62 per 100,000) well above the average.