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SC Battery Charges: Relationship Abuse Common Among Teens

When a Relationship Leads to SC Battery Charges February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and according to a study in 2013,  more than one-third of teenagers, of both genders, say they have been emotionally, sexually, or physically abused by a partner. According to the study, females were as likely as males to be the aggressors in a teenage domestic abuse situation. Statistically, in the United States, a person is sexually assaulted once every 107 seconds. Of those victims, 44% are under the age of 18. About 22% of women and 15% of … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Domestic Violence Ad Underscores NFL’s CDV Problems

Super Bowl Sunday Anti-Domestic Violence Ad Comes During NFL’s Struggle with CDV and Players The past year has confirmed that criminal domestic violence is a serious problem among National Football League professional players.  Players face intense national scrutiny after a number of reports and videos of players abusing their partners and/or children were leaked. On Super Bowl Sunday, an ad created by No More, an anti-domestic violence campaign, featured a 911 call inspired by a real-life call from a woman in a domestic violence situation, … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Bill Will Move Forward with Gun Restrictions Intact

SC Judiciary Panel Votes to Move Forward with Domestic Violence Bill Including Gun Restrictions After last year’s national report on criminal domestic violence showed that South Carolina still ranked top in the nation for number of women killed in domestic violence situations, the state’s legislators have become serious about strengthening laws to prevent domestic abuse and violence, and more seriously punish criminals who commit such abuse. In the last decade, 300 South Carolina women have died as a result of criminal domestic violence, and … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Bill Discussed in SC Senate

Domestic Violence Prevention Bill Discussed by SC Senators South Carolina state Senator Larry Martin, R-Pickens, proposed a domestic violence prevention bill that seeks to classify domestic violence offenders in different degrees of severity, similar to assault charges, and would also ban convicted domestic violence abusers from owning guns for a period of time after their conviction. “The idea, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a sensible proposal to eliminate opportunity to continue domestic violence that escalates to death,” Martin … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]