Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Washington, DC — South Carolina ranked first in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report.
The study shows South Carolina has a rate of 2.54 per 100,000. It says 61 females were murdered by males in the state in 2011, which is more than double the national average.
93 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they know.
South Carolina has ranked in the top 10 states every year for the past 10 years.
This annual report is released to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report. This year’s report applies to 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.