SC 2nd in US in rate of women murdered by men

C 2nd in US in rate of women murdered by men

Each year, right before Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed in October, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) releases the state rankings for the number of women killed by men.

South Carolina came in second in the nation, behind Nevada, in an analysis of 2010 homicide data.

South Carolina was seventh in the nation by 2009 data last year with a rate of 1.79 per 100,000.

In the past two days in Horry County, 12 people have been arrested for domestic criminal violence, according to the bookings sites on J. Reuben Long Detention Center and the Myrtle Beach jail.

President of CASA II says those numbers are much too high.

"I mean it just gives me goosebumps," said Wilde.

Wilde was a victim of domestic abuse.

"It happened in front of the kids, and that's the main reason that I left," said Wilde.

Wilde carries painful memories from that day, but she's more upset about what she calls, "society's dirty secret," going on right now.

"The numbers are so high and we have no safe place for them," said Wilde.

In June Horry County's domestic violence shelter, CASA, closed after donations were pulled when the former director was charged with misapproprating funds.

The city of Myrtle Beach is working with Horry County groups to help women in crisis.

Wilde says studies like the VPC's annual report shine a very important light on domestic violence.

The VPC's annual report, called "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data," Http://

details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. The study's authors say they use the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report.

The ten states with the highest rates of women murdered by men were:

Nevada at 1 with a rate of 2.62 per 100,000

South Carolina at 2 with a rate of 1.94 per 100,000

Tennessee at 3 with a rate of 1.91 per 100,000

Louisiana at 4 with a rate of 1.86 per 100,000

Virginia at 5 with a rate of 1.77 per 100,000

Texas at 6 with a rate of 1.75 per 100,000

New Mexico at 7 with a rate of 1.63 per 100,000

Hawaii at 8 (tie) with a rate of 1.62 per 100,000

Arizona at 8 (tie) with a rate of 1.62 per 100,000

Georgia at 10 with a rate of 1.61 per 100,000.

The national rate for women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances was 1.22 per 100,000.

"Women face an unacceptable risk of being victims of homicide perpetrated by people they know and love," VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand stated. "Much more must be done to protect women and prevent domestic violence that too often escalates to homicide."

In a news release announcing this year's study, the VPC said nationwide, 1,800 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2010.

"Where weapon use could be determined, firearms were the most common weapon used by males to murder females (849 of 1,622 homicides or 52 percent). Of these, 70 percent (597 of 849) were committed with handguns. In cases where the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 94 percent of female victims (1,571 out of 1,669) were murdered by someone they knew. Of these, 65 percent (1,017 out of 1,571) were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers. Sixteen times as many females were murdered by a male they knew than were killed by male strangers. In 88 percent of all incidents where the circumstances could be determined, the homicides were not related to the commission of any other felony, such as rape or robbery," the report stated.