According to “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data” released today by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, DC, South Carolina ranks #1 in the nation for the number of women killed by men; the state was ranked #2 in the nation according to the previous Violence Policy Center report. This announcement coincides with the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States, which is recognized in every year in October.
“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,” says Colleen Campbell Bozard, Interim Executive Director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA).
This annual report is based on information obtained from the most recent Supplementary Homicide Report (SHI) data submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The numbers for 2011 are the most recent statistics available, and the ranking is calculated according to the homicide rate per 100,000 people in the state.
61 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2011, a total of 2.54 per 100,000. This is more than twice the national per capita rate of 1.17 per 100,000.
- 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 South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) is a statewide coalition made up of the 22 sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy programs in South Carolina. We are working to make our state a place where all women, children, and men are safe in their homes, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.