Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The state of South Carolina ranks number one in the nation for women killed by men, according to a new study by the Violence Policy Center.
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For the past ten years, South Carolina has consistently been ranked in the top ten states for the number of women killed by men.
The South Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault said a lot has to do with South Carolina laws.
"The report will put a spotlight on how serious the problem is in South Carolina," SCCADVASA Interim Executive Dir. Colleen Cozard said.
South Carolina's rate in violence against women was more than double the national average.
"We have to do a better job of working with boys and girls talking about role models and dating violence and bullying."
According to the report, four girls under the age of 18 were killed in 2011.
"We are seeing a growing trend of domestic violence occurring younger and younger, which is really why it's so important we put emphasis on prevention and focus not just on the girls but also the boys," Bozard said.
Bozard also said changes need to be made when it comes to laws in our state.
"We have to do a better job of consistently enforcing are criminal domestic violence laws so that there is equal protection to everyone," Bozard said.
Here's a statistic: nine women each week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner in America, according to the report, and there are nearly 500 domestic gun violence deaths each year.
Richland County saw 14 homicides in 2011 and 11 in Lexington County.