Alarming number of homicide victims in Memphis are women

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An alarming statistic in the first months of 2022 in Memphis is catching women’s attention.

It’s the number of women who have been murdered so far this year.

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The latest woman killed happened in the 2600 block of North Watkins at a BP gas station just after 10 p.m. Monday.

Deborah Clubb is the executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council, a women’s advocacy group.

Clubb says over the first three months of 2022, she noticed a trend where many women are not safe.

According to numbers from MPD so far in 2022, there have been 65 homicides in Memphis.

Fifty-four of them were investigated as murders.

Of those 54 murders, 12 of them were women.

“Twelve is a lot for the first quarter of the year,” Clubb said.

Clubb says in most cases, these women knew their killer.

Numbers from the Memphis Police Department back that up.

Six of the women murdered found themselves on the tragic end of domestic violence.

While three were acquaintances of their killer, the killers are unknown in two cases, and in one case, the killer was a stranger.

“It’s majority acquaintances. It’s not stranger danger. It’s not someone lurking in bushes. It is someone that we know that is either at work, home, or family members,” Clubb said.

Clubb says that 70 women are shot and killed across the country by a family member or intimate partner every month.

“There is something in the dynamics of intimate partner relationships that makes it even 500 times riskier if there is a gun in the environment to end up in homicide,” Clubb said.

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