South Carolina Ranks #2 in rate of women murdered by men
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:35:56 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? A new report shows South Carolina ranks second in the country for women killed by men.
The new report by the Violence Policy Center ranked SC second in the nation for females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2012.
Rank State Homicide Rate
1 Alaska 2.57 per 100,000
2 South Carolina 2.06 per 100,000
3 Oklahoma 2.03 per 100,000
4 Louisiana 1.92 per 100,000
5 Mississippi 1.89 per 100,000
6 Nevada 1.83 per 100,000
7 Missouri 1.73 per 100,000
8 Arizona 1.70 per 100,000
9 Georgia 1.66 per 100,000
10 Tennessee 1.60 per 100,000
This is the 17th year in a row that South Carolina has ranked in the top 10 states for the rate of women murdered by men.
This poll dropped SC from leading the country in women killed by men; Alaska now leads the country for women murdered by men in domestic situations.
â??Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act 20 years ago, the federal government and many states and communities have taken heroic steps to reduce domestic violence,â?? states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. â??Yet today, far more remains to be done to stop the epidemic of violence against women. The rate of women murdered by men in the United States is tragic and unacceptable.â??
Nationwide, 1,706 females were murdered by males in 2012, at a rate of 1.16 per 100,000.
According to the report in incidents where the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims nationwide were murdered by a male they knew and the report shows that victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was signed into law on September 13, 1994.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is October.
South Carolina will remember the women and men killed in domestic incidents in October at the Attorney Generalâ??s annual Silent Witness ceremony.