According to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2016 Homicide Data, South Carolina ranked sixth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 1.83 per 100,000. This annual study is released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is recognized in October.
48 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2016
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 1.88 per 100,000 in 2016
Ranked 6th in the United States
For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (48 homicides), 3 victims (6 percent) were less than 18 years old, and 3 victims (6 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 40 years old.
Out of 48 female homicide victims, 24 were white, 23 were black, and 1 was of unknown race.
MOST COMMON WEAPONS
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 59 percent of female victims (26 out of 44) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 54 percent (14 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 5 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 4 females killed by a blunt object, and 8 females killed by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 95 percent of female victims (42 out of 44) were murdered by someone they knew. Two female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 69 percent (29 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 66 percent (19 victims) were killed with guns; 53 percent of these (10 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 88 percent (28 out of 32) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 71 percent (20 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.