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NCJ Number: 150102 Find in a Library
Title: Deadly Odds: An Analysis of Handgun Justifiable Homicides Committed by Women in 1992
Corporate Author: Violence Policy Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1992, for each time a woman used a handgun to kill a stranger in justifiable self-defense, 239 female lives ended in handgun homicides, according to unpublished justifiable homicide statistics of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Abstract: During the year, 37 States reported no instances of handgun justifiable homicides by women. The ratio of homicides to justifiable homicides in States that recorded justifiable homicides ranged from Florida's high of 113:1 to Oregon's low of 12:1. The number of justifiable homicides committed by private citizens totaled 348 in 1992; 45 (13 percent) were committed by women. Firearms were used in 31 (69 percent) of the 45 justifiable homicides committed by women, and handguns were used in 26 (58 percent) of these homicides. In 1992, 4,993 women were homicide victims; 2,479 (50 percent) involved firearms and 1,908 (38 percent) involved handguns. Most justifiable homicides involving women did not fit the stereotype of a single woman defending herself against a predatory stranger. When women killed in self-defense, the attacker was far more likely to be someone known to them than a stranger. 3 tables
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Female murderers; Female victims; Firearm-crime relationships; Florida; Handguns; Justifiable homicide; Male survivors; Oregon; Self defense; State-by-state analyses; Violent crime statistics
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