A new report showed our state ranks eighth when it comes to comes the number of women murdered by men.
It's a startling statistic local leaders said definitely needs to change.
Another alarming statistic is over 90% of the women murdered knew their male attacker. Half of them were romantically involved with or married to the man who killed them.
This year's report applies to 2011, the most recent year for which data's available. Over half of these murders were committed with a handgun.
Experts said more prevention training is key.
Marcia Drake, the Executive Director for the Women's Aid in Crisis, said, "I believe that that is the key to us ever ending domestic violence is that we begin teaching prevention at such a young age that it doesn't have time become a part of how cruel a person is."
This annual report is released to go along with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is in October.
Other states in the top ten were Alaska and Tennessee, with South Carolina taking the top spot.