Newest study concludes women far more likely to be victimized in domestic settings than in any other location.
South Carolina again ranked first in the nation for women murdered by men, with a rate of 2.32 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2013Homicide Data.
This is the 18th year in a row that South Carolina has ranked in the top 10 states for the rate of women murdered by men and the fourth year in which our state has been identified as having the highest lethality rate by this count. The rate of 2.32 per 100,000 is over twice the national average of 1.09 per 100,000.
This year’s report compiles and utilizes 2013 data, the most recent year for which data is available. The study covers homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender, and uses data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Supplementary Homicide Report.
The U.S. Department of Justice has found that women are far more likely to be the victims of violent crimes committed by intimate partners than men, especially when a weapon is involved. Moreover, women are much more likely to be victimized at home than in any other location.
This year has seen South Carolina’s Legislature pass reforms in domestic violence laws that aim to increase accountability for offenders, provides for state law prohibitions on the possession of firearms by those who have been convicted of domestic violence and requires prevention education for students in our schools. In addition, the statewide Domestic Violence Task Force convened by Governor Nikki R. Haley recently issued a report containing 50 recommendations for needed changes in the systemic and community response to intimate partner violence.
To view the full report, please visit http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2015.pdf.
The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) is a statewide coalition made up of the 23 domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy programs in South Carolina.