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Sakeria Fulton is the BP clerk who was allegedly stabbed by her husband, Warren Fulton, as she worked her shift at the Point View station just off of I-95.

It's domestic disputes like this one that South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson calls disgusting, and says awareness to the severity of this violence needs to be raised.  

Sakeria Fulton is recovering from her injuries, while Warren Fulton is behind bars.

However, the Violence Police Center reports that many domestic disputes end differently. The VPC says out of 100,000 women in South Carolina, 2.54 were murdered by men in 2011. The study names the state number one in homicides of women by men.  

Since October is domestic violence awareness month, the Attorney General, as well as Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) are gearing up to draw some attention to the new ranking.

"It is the biggest issue with any type of crime, especially when it's domestic violence," Wilson says.

"It's not taken seriously," says CODA's Kristin Dubrowski.

Dubrowski lists the community's lack of awareness as one reason domestic violence occurs frequently in South Carolina. She says it's often hard to fight, because the signs may seem normal at first. She says manipulating control is one red flag to look for early on.

Sakeria Fulton's family agrees that women should become more aware that relationships can end badly.

"Be aware of getting involved with men. You need to really look for those signs, there's always signs," Kenyetta Jackson says.

Dubrowski says CODA offers services to those who detect a hazardous relationship, and to those who have been abused. She says they will offer counseling, help get in touch with legal advice, help make reports to law enforcement, and help to find alternate places to live.

CODA will take measures to prevent abuse, too.

"What we can definitely do is to enforce the laws we do have in a consistent, predictable manner, and send a unified voice of 'domestic violence is not okay. We don't accept it in our community,'" Dubrowski says.

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