Georgia makes grim list for crime rate

State ranked 10th in U.S. in '08 for women killed by men

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More women are becoming victims of violence in Georgia, and those in Augusta are no exception.

Yasmin Thomas-Goodman counsels a client at Safehomes of Augusta. She says men might learn violent behavior at home or from a peer group.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Yasmin Thomas-Goodman counsels a client at Safehomes of Augusta. She says men might learn violent behavior at home or from a peer group.

Georgia is now one of the top 10 states in the number of women killed by men, according to an annual study released last month by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based group that tracks gun violence.

The study, titled "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2008 Homicide Data," uses the most recent homicide data submitted to the FBI, which in this case was from two years ago.

Numbers show that in Georgia -- which moved from 15th to 10th place in a ranking of states -- 95 percent of women killed by men were attacked by someone they knew. Of those victims, 63 percent were wives of their killers.

Four women have been killed by men in Augusta this year.

Cheryl Carswell, the owner and counselor of Georgia Family Crisis Solutions in Martinez, said she has more women entering her program than ever. She blames the increase on the bad economy and the problems it causes within families.

"I'm sure it has to do with stress, but it does not justify it," Carswell said.

In tough times, men who can't, or won't, talk about their problems sometimes act out violently.

"They are more stressed and the less ability to communicate how they feel -- frustrated, confused, desperate, helpless, hopeless -- they are going to just communicate through violence because they don't know what else to do," Carswell said.

As a senior counselor at Safehomes of Augusta, Yasmin Thomas-Goodman said that most men who attack women learned their violent traits in the home or from a peer group as they grew up. Often, they didn't see any serious consequences for their actions.

"It's all about power and control," Thomas-Goodman said.

According to the study, the average age for a female Georgian homicide victim was 33. Most were black, and in those cases where weapons were used, a firearm -- usually a handgun -- was the weapon most frequently used, the study shows.

Carswell said the programs at her center teach men not to minimize, deny or blame others for what they've done. The main goal is to teach them to accept responsibility.

"We all choose our actions and behavior," she said.

Latest figures analyzed

The Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based nonprofit group, used the most recent homicide data submitted to the FBI in its study, "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2008 Homicide Data.

Rank/State/No. of/Rate per

Homicides 100,000

1 Nev. 38 2.96

2 Vt. 8 2.54

3 Ala. 50 2.07

4 N.C. 97 2.05

5 Tenn. 63 1.97

6 Texas 209 1.72

7(tie) Ark. 25 1.71

7(tie) Mo. 52 1.71

9 S.C. 39 1.69

10 Ga. 82 1.66

Source: Violence Policy Center

Local victims

Women killed by men in Augusta this year include:

- Tykiah Palmer, 16, who was pregnant when shot to death Feb. 17 by a fellow teen who had an argument with her brother. Loviet N. Edwards, 15, was charged with murder in April.

- Janee J. Johnson, 27, was found dead inside her M.M. Scott Apartment on Spruce Street on July 2. Authorities believe she was stabbed to death by Andre Jackson and Marcus Tyler because they feared she would talk to the police about a previous murder.

- Gene Bailey, 84, was suffocated by her husband, Henry Wright Bailey, also 84, on July 16 in what authorities have called a "mercy killing." The investigation determined that he killed her to end her suffering caused by advanced dementia.

- Patricia Burley, 54, was found dead in a wooded area near Hall Street four days after she went missing from her Wrightsboro Road home Aug. 22. Burley had Down syndrome, and authorities believe Corey Smith, 29, raped, then killed her by stuffing paper towels down her throat.

Need help?

Women in trouble may visit:

GEORGIA FAMILY CRISIS SOLUTIONS: Offers classes in arbitration and mediation, anger management and family intervention domestic violence programs, and many others. For information, call (706) 869-7373.

TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE ORDERS: An order from a judge prohibiting the abuser from having contact with the victim; the abuse must be a repeat. For information, call the Richmond County Superior Court Clerk's Office at (706) 821-2460.

SAFEHOMES OF AUGUSTA: Provides counseling, a domestic abuse hot line at (706) 736-2499, shelter and relocation assistance, cell phones for emergency calls and assistance with legal issues.

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wafflehead
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wafflehead 10/04/10 - 06:28 am
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Wonder what the correlation

Wonder what the correlation is between 8 of the top ten states are border or southern states? Perhaps poorer education, lower paying jobs, more acceptance of violence as way to solve problems and harder hit economy.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/04/10 - 07:15 am
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Since our government schools

Since our government schools are considered social engineering experiments by our federal government, why isn't acceptable social behavior stressed in EVERY grade?
Males, for the most part, are stronger, faster, and more aggressive than females. That is a constant. Why not address acceptable social behavior?
Interaction between people has specific acceptable guidelines and early/constant instruction has a strong influence on this learned behavior.
Promoting self confidence instead of "self esteem", promoting politeness with honesty instead of political correctness, and defining and encouraging personal responsibility and personal accountability instead of the "group situational" perspective would go a long way toward ending the physical danger of the weaker sex.

mable8
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mable8 10/04/10 - 09:39 am
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Of the four cases cited in

Of the four cases cited in this article, the only one that qualifies as a stress-related crime is the 84 year old who killed his wife in an act of mercy. The other three are simply predatory murders and should not be excused because we have a poor economical situation at this time. Call it like it is, some men are just downright mean and will do anything to boost their ego. A few women also fit this description, but most don't. Johnston.cliff has the right answer--so why aren't educators listening? Schools USED to teach character building, but that became passe years ago and now look at the results.

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peonynut 10/04/10 - 09:42 am
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Since men commit most of the

Since men commit most of the violent crimes in this country it makes perfect sense that the majority of the women murdered were murdered by men. Power and control? Men who kill women or beat women up are cowards and would never attempt the same thing with a man.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/04/10 - 09:58 am
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Another sensationalist

Another sensationalist publication that signifies nothing:

Georgia is now one of the top 10 states in the number of women killed by men, according to an annual study released last month by the Violence Policy Center.

Well, I visited a web site that lists population rankings by state and, guess what? Georgia is number ten on the list. So if Georgia is one of the top ten states in total population, wouldn't you figure it normal for it to be one of the top ten states in the number of women killed by men, especially since (as peonynut pointed out) men commit most of the violent crimes?

Population Rankings

burninater
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burninater 10/04/10 - 10:32 am
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LL, read the whole article

LL, read the whole article next time. There is a list at the end that clearly shows these are per capita numbers, not totals. Vermont is number 2 on the list, with the second lowest population in the country.

Local Interests
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Local Interests 10/04/10 - 10:49 am
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Tea Party candidate Monds

Tea Party candidate Monds thinks the answer is to put guns into the hands of a bunch of drunk teenagers on college campuses around the state.

Certainly no chance of unintended outcomes there.

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 10/04/10 - 11:01 am
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Wow! I'm going to have to

Wow! I'm going to have to look that up. I didn't know someone wanted to give guns to drunken teenagers on college campuses. That's quite a platform to run on. I'll be back later. Going to investigate.

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 10/04/10 - 11:10 am
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Okay, I"m back. Found

Okay, I"m back. Found something on Monds. The article I read stated that he felt it is an individuals right to bear arms for personal protection. I didn't see anything about giving guns to drunken teens. I thought that you had to be 21 to buy a gun. What's wrong with owning firearms?

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 10/04/10 - 11:13 am
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I was wrong. You can be 18.

I was wrong. You can be 18. There are regulations in place.

Local Interests
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Local Interests 10/04/10 - 11:53 am
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Monds said, as was reported

Monds said, as was reported on the front page of today's AC, that he would favor allowing studentws to carry guns on campus.

My strong contention is that anyone who thinks this is a good idea hasn't spent much time lately (including nights and not just for the football game) on college campuses.

As far as owning firearms, I own several and am completely in favor.

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wind whisper 10/04/10 - 01:44 pm
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Ga. listed in Top Ten. The

Ga. listed in Top Ten. The respect and manners for all to follow needs to be started in the Highchair and they won't end up in Electric Chair. If you decide to do adult things then you need to be responsible for the out come. Too many people are having children for the government to raise. The break down of "FAMILY" is the root of the problem. Children learn from example their parents, teachers, and leaders give. Too much sex and violence and not enough teaching about caring for others. We are now into the " All about me" syndrome. Accountability for their actions should start early and follow through life.

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