52 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2017
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 2.01 per 100,000 in 2017
Ranked 5th (tie) in the United States
For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (52 homicides), 4 victims (8 percent) were less than 18 years old, and 7 victims (13 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 39 years old.
Out of 52 female homicide victims, 29 were white, 21 were black, and 2 were Asian or Pacific Islander.
MOST COMMON WEAPONS
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 76 percent of female victims (38 out of 50) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 68 percent (26 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 5 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 2 females killed by a blunt object, and 4 females killed by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 100 percent of female victims (47 out of 47) were murdered by someone they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 70 percent (33 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 76 percent (25 victims) were killed with guns; 80 percent of these (20 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 85 percent (29 out of 34) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 79 percent (23 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.