COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina again ranks worst in the nation for violence against women.
A report released Wednesday by the Violence Policy Center puts South Carolina at the top of the list for women murdered by men. The state's rate of 2.54 women killed per 100,000 people in 2011 is more than twice the national average.
The rate represents 61 known deaths.
South Carolina has ranked in the report's top 10 every year for the last 15 years. The state ranked second last year. It's the third time the state has held the top spot.
The annual report coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The study uses the latest data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for crimes involving one male killing one female.