Study: SC ranks as fifth worst state for domestic violence
WASHINGTON DC (WACH) - South Carolina ranks as the fifth worst state for domestic violence, according to the Violence Policy Center Study of 2014 data.
The study showed that the rate of women murdered by men in the Palmetto State was 1.73 per 100,000 in 2014, which is drastically higher to the 1.08 per 100,000 national average.
Though SC has a higher than average rate, the number dropped from 2.32 per 100,000 in 2013, which had South Carolina has the worst state for domestic violence to 1.73 per 100,000 in the most recent study.
"Women are almost always killed by someone they know, and the majority are victims of domestic homicide. Local, state, and national policymakers must make preventing domestic violence a priority," said VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand.
The states ahead of South Carolina are Alaska Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma. For the full study, click here.