STUDY: Kentucky has nation's 8th highest rate of women killed by men

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Results of a new study show that Kentucky has the 8th highest rate of women who are murdered by men in the U.S.

The study, titled "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2015 Homicide Data," was conducted by the Violence Policy Center.

Results of the study state that Kentucky has "a rate of 1.60 per 100,000."

Officials say it's the first year Kentucky has been ranked in the top 10 states where women are murdered by men since 2004.

According to the study, nationally, 93 percent of women murdered by men were killed by someone they knew. Study results said the most common weapon used was a gun.

The report was issued ahead of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which takes place in October.

Alaska is ranked as the state with the greatest number of women who are murdered by men, which had a 2015 rate of "2.86 per 100,000."

To see the full report, click here.

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