NV ranking in domestic violence report improves
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The Violence Policy Center released data Wednesday on the number of women murdered by men in the U.S.
For the past three straight years, Nevada has ranked number one in the country, but this year, the state is no longer in that dreaded spot.
The report counts homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, using the most recent FBI data from 2011.
Across the country, about 1,700 women were murdered by men and most were killed by a man they knew, such as a husband or intimate partner.
This year, Nevada is ranked 16th in the nation because in the state 20 women were killed by men in 2011. That rate is 1.48 deaths per every 100,000 women, which is above the national average.
Sue Meuschke, the executive director for the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, says that last year, more than 30,000 people contacted domestic violence programs throughout the state for help.
"Some of it was just wanting information or a number to call to get a protection order. Sometimes it's just to talk about what's happening and what are options that are available. And then, unfortunately, in many cases it's a crisis where someone needs to remove themselves immediately from the home and they need help to do that."
Despite Nevada's better ranking in this year's report, Meuschke says domestic violence remains a critical issue for the state.
"We only had about 1,200 people who were in shelter, but it was about 58,000 bed-nights. So somebody's in shelter every night of the year in Nevada and multiple people."
In this year's report, South Carolina, Alaska, and Oklahoma saw the highest rates of men murdering women.
Kristen Rand with the Violence Policy Center says despite efforts from elected officials to curb domestic violence, the amount of crime remains unacceptably high.