Governor Haley Signs Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation
As we begin November after recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SC’s #1 National ranking for the number of women killed by men is still fresh in our minds. More than anything, we want to know, “What can we do to prevent this from happening?”
The answer rests in the primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence. Primary prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault is a systematic process promoting healthy environments and behaviors, resulting in the reduction of the likelihood and the frequency of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The root of these crimes lies in power and control over another individual, and primary prevention of these crimes focuses on addressing the power and control to which a perpetrator thinks they are entitled—at a very basic, system-wide level.
These system-wide levels are individual, relationship, community and institutions & society. Only when we begin to work in all of these areas will we begin to see change, and a lowered rate of IPV and sexual violence.
Stay tuned to the SCSaysNoMore Blog for specific discussions and examples of things you and your community can do at each of these levels. In the meantime:
What can you do at any of these levels to address intimate partner and sexual violence? Are there opportunities in your own community to begin addressing some of the attitudes and behaviors that encourage and support the perpetration of these crimes?
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.
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.