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Violent Crime

Crime affects individuals, families, and communities in different ways. While violent crimes can cause significant physical injuries and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.  Violent crime consists of murder, sexual battery, robbery, and aggravated assault. Between 2015 and 2022, violent crimes in the region fluctuated. In 2022, Hampton County has the highest violent crime rate. Most arrests for violent crimes were related to aggravated assault in all counties.


Data Notes
Definition Violent Crime:  Consisting of murder, sexual battery, robbery, and aggravated assault, and involves the element of personal confrontation between the victim and offender.

  • Murder: The willful killing of one person by another. The classification of this offense is based on police investigation as opposed to the determination of a court, medical examiner, coroner, jury, or another judicial body. Deaths caused by negligence, suicide, accident, or justifiable homicides are not included.
  • Sexual Battery: The penetration—no matter how slight—of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or the oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without consent of the victim. It includes both male and female victims of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object. Statutory rape and other sex offenses are not included.
  • Robbery: The taking or attempted taking of anything of value from the care, custody, or control of another person by force or threat of force, by violence, or by putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.
Data Source S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Crime in South Carolina Book
Last Updated May 2024