Created: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:12:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:24:12 EST
(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --
The murder of five innocent people inside of a greenwood home - including two small children has sent shock waves rippling through the community. Especially for Domestic Violence advocates who say the numbers of cases like these are on the rise.
Sistercae Executive Director, Nancy Barton says she has been on an emotional roller coaster since learning of the news, going from shock and sadness to anger. Barton says 48 people were killed at the hands of their partners last year alone, and new studies that rank South Carolina number one in the nation for women killed by men, according to her is significant change and awareness is needed.
" This is not a women's, men's or even a family issue. The community needs to own this."
Barton says education, and support services can help cut down on the numbers but you can also help reduce the frequency of crimes like this from happening by being aware and reporting any and all suspicious activity.
You may not know a person is being abused or in danger of losing their life to an abuser but Barton says there are some red flags to look for.
* Threats of homicide
* Brandishing of Firearms
* Threatening Use of Firearms
* Increasing Jealousy or Controlling Behaviors
Barton says victims are 75 percent more likely to be killed by an abuser once they tell them they plan to leave or do so.