New data shows South Carolina ranks #1 in the nation for the number of women killed by men.
“It’s gotten to where barely a day goes by that there’s not a domestic report,” says Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Rhonda Morgan.
Morgan says she has never seen South Carolina rank so high in the rankings from the Violence Policy Center. The organization also breaks down the data behind the ranking.
“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.”
Morgan, a former victim of domestic violence herself, says most domestic violence centers around control.
“They take away the financial part too, so she’s unemployed, you have children and you have complete control of the assets of the home, what’s she gonna do if she has no control? Where’s she gonna go?” Morgan says.
Safe Harbor is currently working to open a domestic violence shelter in Oconee County. Morgan says if women have a local place to go, they’re more likely to leave a violent relationship.
“If you have that option locally, you’re gonna see more women that aren’t gonna put up with it, they’re not going to live in it, they’re going to take that step,” Morgan says.
You can read the whole report on Violence Policy Center’s Website by clicking here.