WASHINGTON, D.C. (WALB) - Georgia has been ranked 9th in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, according to a new report.
The Violence Policy Center, that issued the report, showed Georgia's rate of 1.66 per 100,000.
It also showed Georgia has ranked in the top 10 states for the rate for four of the past five years.
The new report applies to 2012, which is the most recent year for which data is available.
According to the study, it covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Supplementary Homicide Report.
Below is the complete list of the 10 states with the highest rate of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2012:
Nationwide, 1,706 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2012, at a rate of 1.16 per 100,000.
The study was also released to mark 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, and in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
But the report also notes that the rate of women murdered by men in single victim/single offender incidents has dropped from 1.57 per 100,000 women in 1996 to 1.16 per 100,000 women in 2012, a decrease of 26 percent.
The study calculates the rate of women murdered by men by dividing the total number of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents by the total female population and multiplying the result by 100,000. This is the standard and accepted method of comparing fatal levels of gun violence.
To view the full report, visit http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2014.pdf.