Alabama Ranks 3rd in Rate of Women Murdered by Men

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

According to the Violence Policy Center 2 out of every 100-thousand women are killed by men in Alabama.

And the violence is closer to home than one might think.

Behind closed doors anything can happen.

Domestic violence is something many women endure but rarely express.

"We do not realize on a daily basis how many people are victims of domestic violence and the law enforcement community, our eyes are very open to the seriousness of the situation," said Rachael David, PIO for Dothan Police Department.

David says domestic violence is becoming an everyday occurrence for authorities.

Those cases are racking up across the state to put Alabama as one of the most likely to see women killed by men.

"One of the messages that we try to get people to understand and this applies to domestic violence and any other crime, when someone threatens you, and someone says I am going to kill you, you should take that at face value," said Sergeant Eddie Henderson with Dothan Police Department.

Seeing domestic violence cases doesn't get any easier for Sergeant Henderson.

He knows all too well about the severity of the abuse.

“My wife had a co-worker who was the victim of a domestic violence murder," said Henderson.

“That tells me that despite everything that we have done, at least in my last 25 years that we are still rated that highly in homicides really frightens me," said Beverly Youse with the House of Ruth.

Youse has helped many women in the Wiregrass escape from abusive situations at the House of Ruth.

She says more knowledge needs to be spread about what the organization and other agencies can do to help lost women.

Until that can be done, the door will remain shut on those fighting to get out

According to VPC, firearms are the most common weapon used in the murder of a female.

And 92 percent of women were murdered by someone they knew.

if you or someone you know is in a violent situation you can call the house of ruth for help at 793-5214 or call your local police department.


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