Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A new report by the Violence Policy Center says South Carolina leads the nation in the rate of women killed by men.
The watchdog group released its report Tuesday, which ranked South Carolina number one ahead of Alaska, New Mexico, and Louisiana., and Nevada.
According to the report, which uses FBI statistics from 2013 (which they say is the most recent year they had access to), there were 57 female homicide victims in the Palmetto State, or about 2.32 for every 100,000 women in the state. The national rate was 1.09.
The study also found that of the cases where the type of weapon could be identified, 60 percent of victims were killed with guns. The next highest method of death was bodily force, following by stabbings.
For the deaths where the relationship to the killer could be verified, 96 percent were killed by someone they knew--usually a husband, ex-husband, or a boyfriend. And in most cases, the deaths were not related to a crime, but happened during an argument.
The group says more laws need to be passed to protect women from abusers, and gaps need to be closed between state and federal gun laws.
"Women are dying every day as a result of domestic violence, and our state and federal laws are insufficient in the face of this crisis," states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand said in a statement. "State and federal policymakers should take immediate action to help protect women from abusers and prevent future tragedies. This should include ensuring that men with a history of domestic abuse do not have access to guns."
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