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SC Senator Pushes Domestic Violence Reform Bill

SC State Senator Pushes Bill to Reform Domestic Violence Laws This year, domestic violence took the spotlight in the national news after several NFL players, especially Ray Rice, were tied to domestic violence.  Amidst the reports of domestic violence, South Carolina made the news because the state finally, after several years, dropped to the 2nd state in the country for percentage of women killed in domestic violence situations – the state has held the #1 position for years. However, ranking #2 in the country for percentage of women killed … [Read more...]

South Carolina Shoplifting Charges Issued to Man Sitting on Rib-Eye Steaks

350 Lb Shopper Sat on Rib-Eye Steaks in Motorized Scooter, South Carolina Shoplifting Charges Issues On Tuesday, November 18th, a 350 lb man who needed a motorized scooter to get around was arrested for South Carolina shoplifting charges while shopping at Walmart. Reportedly, a Walmart loss prevention officer noticed the man place 5 rib-eye steaks under himself and continue shopping. The suspect, 43, then attempted to pass all points of sale and exit the store, but the loss prevention officer stopped him and confronted him about the … [Read more...]

SC House Reps Weigh Tougher Bond for Domestic Violence Abusers

House Reps Encouraged to Toughen Bail Bond Laws for Domestic Violence Abusers On Wednesday, November 12th, three local women’s groups went to the South Carolina state house and discussed criminal domestic violence charges  with lawmakers, encouraging them to toughen bail bond restrictions for domestic violence abusers. State Representative elect Mary Tinkler said, "Women make up over half the population here in this state and it's time and important for us to be able to make sure that our voices are heard appropriately." Victim advocate … [Read more...]

2013 FBI Crime Report Concludes Violent Crimes, Property Crimes Decreased

FBI Annual Crime Report Concludes Violent Crimes and Property Crimes Have Decreased. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released its annual report on nationwide crime for 2013. According to the latest information, on average, violent crimes and property crimes decreased. The violent crime statistics for 2013 show 367.9 offenses per 100,000 people across the US, a decline of 5.1% in violent crime, compared to 2012’s rates. Similarly, property crimes also declined by about 4.8%  to 2,730.7 offenses per 100,000 people. Overall, the … [Read more...]

Richland County Stands Against Domestic Violence Murder

With Overwhelming Support for Stronger Legislation Against Domestic Violence Murder, Columbia Looks at Officer Training and Tougher Laws As of 2013, South Carolina has the second-worst domestic violence murder rate in the US. The state has, for years, ranked in the top 5, often at number one, for rates of women murdered by their male partners. This year, South Carolina legislators are actively working to change the state’s legislation to help victims of domestic violence and domestic violence murder, especially in cases where the offender has … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Prevention Programs Begin This Month

Verizon Continues Hopeline Domestic Violence Prevention Program in October October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for years, Verizon Wireless has used their Hopeline program to deliver free cell phones with free minutes to victims of domestic violence and abuse, so the victims can contact friends or emergency responders to prevent further incidents. Since the company started the program in 2001, Verizon has delivered 180,000 free phones with 543 million free minutes to domestic violence victims. During the month of October, Verizon … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Charges for Sword-Wielding Woman

Woman Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges After Brandishing Sword at Boyfriend A woman residing in West Ashley, South Carolina, has been arrested on domestic violence charges after she allegedly threatened her boyfriend with a sword, and cut both him and herself, in an altercation. The Charleston Police Department arrested a woman, 30, for domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, after they found her 22-year-old boyfriend wandering near the apartment without a shirt and a cut on his finger. On Sunday evening, October 12th, police … [Read more...]

Columbia, SC Residents Ready for Domestic Violence Protest During Mayor’s Walk

South Carolina Residents to Host Domestic Violence Protest during the Mayor's Walk Against Domestic Violence On Saturday, October 11th, Columbia will host the Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence. However, as SC gears up for the domestic violence march, the state has already seen its share of domestic violence protests and news coverage about the domestic violence problem. A recent poll showed that South Carolina had finally fallen to number 2 in the US for percentage of domestic violence. The state fell just behind Alaska. However, Alaska … [Read more...]

SC Domestic Violence Murder Trial Begins

Brutal Domestic Violence Murder of Popular USC Professor Goes to Trial A murder case that has become emblematic of South Carolina’s domestic violence murder problem is finally going to trial as of Monday, October 6th. In August 2011, male suspect, then 37, killed his ex-girlfriend in her home after she broke off her relationship with him. The victim, a 36-year-old University of South Carolina professor and a rising star in the field of children’s literacy, was stabbed numerous times in her Shandon duplex. Information from a search warrant … [Read more...]

Man Arrested for Knowingly Spreading HIV

Man Infected At Least Two Women with HIV, Faces Criminal Charges On Friday, September 26th, a man was arrested on one charge of knowingly spreading HIV. Two days later, a second victim came forward. Intentionally spreading HIV is a serious crime, and it is worse in a state like South Carolina which is in the top 10 of states with new AIDS cases. The suspect, 44, was arrested on one charge of knowingly spreading HIV, and was released on Saturday on a $10,000 bond. As investigators gather evidence, another victim came forward on Wednesday, … [Read more...]