U.S. Homicide Rate: Female victims of homicide rose by 21 percent, according to a new study


The number of women who were victims of homicide in the United States grew by 21 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, rising to the highest recorded level since 2007, according to a new report shared with CBS News. The male homicide victim rate increased by 6.5 percent over the same time period.

In 2016, the most recent year for which data was available, 12.2 out of every 100,000 women were victims of homicide — up from 10.2 out of every 100,000 in 2015, according to the┬áreport by Security.org, a San Diego-based research group.

Death by homicide among all genders increased by 8.8 percent from 2015 to 2016, according the report, which was compiled using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Multiple Causes of Death database.

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