Washington, DC (WLTX) -- The Violence Policy Center in Washington, DC Wednesday released homicide data that demonstrates South Carolina leads the nation of women killed by men.
In the report "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data" reports the state as #1 in the nation for the number of women killed by men.
In 2011, 61 females were murdered by males in South Carolina, or 2.54 per 100,000. This number is more than twice the national per-capita rate of 1.17 per 100,000.
South Carolina was ranked 2nd in the report released in 2012.
Colleen Campbell Bozard, Interim Executive Director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault was quoted on her organization's website www.sccadvasa.org.
"For the past ten years, South Carolina has consistently been ranked in the top ten states for the number of women killed by men; this is the third time we have been ranked number one. It is our hope that this report will be a call to action for the leadership of South Carolina and its citizens to recognize the seriousness of the problem in our state and begin to work collaboratively to find real solutions that improve the safety and lives of women in our state."
The SCCADVASA can also link you to groups that can help in your community.
Visit www.sccadvasa.org for information.
Notable points of the new report:
- Four of the female homicide victims were 18 years of age or younger, and the average homicide victim age was 38 years old.
- Of these victims, 22 were black, and 39 were white.
- For those homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93% of reported homicides (52 out of 56 identified) were murdered by someone they knew.
- Of the homicide victims who knew their offenders, 63% (33 victims) were murdered by a male that was their husband, common-law-husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend.
- Of the female intimates murdered, 52% of these were killed with guns.
- South Carolina has been in the top 10 of women killed by men for the past 15 years, and this is our 3rd time at the top spot in the nation.
The 10 states with the highest rates of females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2011:
Rank State Homicide Rate, Females Murdered by Males
1 South Carolina 2.54 per 100,000
2 Alaska 2.01 per 100,000
3 Oklahoma 1.99 per 100,000
4 Delaware 1.92 per 100,000
5 Arizona 1.84 per 100,000
6 Tennessee 1.80 per 100,000
7 Idaho 1.77 per 100,000
8 West Virginia 1.70 per 100,000
9 Louisiana 1.67 per 100,000
10 New Mexico 1.62 per 100,000
South Carolina's Attorney General's office operates a Pro-Bono program to assist victims of domestic violence.
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They also help communities learn how to run centralized criminal domestic violence courts that can help simplify the process and get people the help they may need.
If you or someone you know needs help you can contact 1-800-260-9293.
You can also contact these free, confidential national hotlines: National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)