Attorney General: Domestic violence number one crime issue in SC

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) Tragically, domestic violence and domestic violence homicide are not uncommon in South Carolina. The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault reports five individuals have been killed as a result of domestic violence.

According to the organization, Merlene Nesmith Martin of Andrews, Lynn Carlisle of Aiken, Shaquanah Jones-Brannon of Lee-Batesburg, Tyrone Hamilton of Jasper, and a currently unnamed woman from Lexington were killed at the hands of a current or former partner.

Pamela Jacobs, Executive Director, SCCADVASA said, "Domestic violence is not a 'domestic issue,' it is a pattern of using emotional, mental, and physical violence to establish power and control over an intimate partner. A 'dispute' did not lead to these [does not lead to deaths]."

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson identified domestic violence as the number one crime issue in the state, and noted that more than 36,000 victims report a domestic violence incident to law enforcement statewide. Additionally, the Violence Policy Center in Washington, DC, identified South Carolina as 7th in the nation for the number of women killed by men.

Jacobs adds, "It's time we stop telling victims what to do, and start telling abusers what not to do. If we all take a stand, we can end domestic violence. We can save lives."

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline can connect you with advocacy services in your area: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

If you would like to get involved in ending domestic violence in your community, reach out to your local domestic violence program. Visit or call (803) 256-2900 to find your local program, or to learn more about domestic violence.

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