COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina ranks second-worst in the nation for violence against women.
A report released Monday by the Violence Policy Center ranks South Carolina second, behind Alaska, for women murdered by men. The state's rate of just over two women killed per 100,000 people in 2012 is an improvement from the previous year, when South Carolina was at the top of the list.
The rate represents 50 known deaths, compared with 61 a year earlier.
South Carolina has ranked in the report's top 10 annually for the last 17 years. That includes three times ranked worse in the nation.
The report comes just before Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The study uses the latest data available from the FBI for crimes involving one male killing one female.