SC second in nation for female homicides

SOUTH CAROLINA (WIS) - South Carolina ranked second in the nation in the rate of women killed by men, according to a new report.

According to the report from the Violence Policy Center, based on 2010 statistics, Nevada was first on the list with a female homicide rate of 2.62 per 100,000 women.

South Carolina's female homicide rate was 1.94 per 100,000 women, resulting from a total of 46 deaths. Finishing out the top ten, in order, are Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona and Georgia.

South Carolina was ranked number seven in the group's 2011 report.

The average age of a female homicide victim in South Carolina in 2010 was 41 years old. Eleven percent of those women were over the age of 65.

In 100% of the cases where the killer was identified, the female victim was killed by a male that she knew. Seventy percent of the offenders were either husbands, ex-husbands, common law husbands or boyfriends.

Falling even further down the list was North Carolina, ranked 21st, with a total of 64 female homicide victims and rate of 1.31.

Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances was 1.22 per 100,000.

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