HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina has taken the number one spot for the highest percentage of women killed by men, according to a study done by the Violence Policy Center.
That number comes from the year 2013, the most recent year for which numbers were released.
The center has collected data since 1996, ranking the states each year based off the number of women killed by men and the percentage per capita. Since that time, South Carolina has ranked in the top ten each year.
Nationwide, the study points out, 1,1615 females were murdered by males and that 94 percent of those women knew their attacker.
Of those women, the majority of them were wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offender. Most of the cases started as an argument between the victim and suspect, escalating into murder.
It is a terrifying trend that the 15th Circuit Solicitor isn't taking lightly, pointing to stricter domestic violence laws to combat the issue.
A recent law change pushed the number of days behind bars from 30 to 90 for first time offenders.
The full study can be found here: http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2015.pdf