For the first time since national researchers began tracking data in 1996, South Carolina no longer holds a top-10 spot in the list of states where women are killed by men at a high rate.
With 44 women slain by men in 2018, the most recent year for which federal data was available, the Palmetto State ranks 11th in the nation, according to the annual “When Men Murder Women” report published Wednesday.
“I have very guarded optimism,” said Sara Barber, executive director of the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “I hope that’s the beginning of us continuing to go lower.”
With 1.68 in every 100,000 women killed by men in 2018, the state is still above the national average of 1.28. Alaska saw the highest rate at 3.40, while Iowa’s six homicides gave it a rate of .38.
The Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center has compiled the report annually for the past 24 years, using the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report data of killings that involve a single male attacker and single female victim.