Domestic violence includes physical violence, psychological violence, emotional abuse, and sexual violence. This problem is all-too-prevalent in South Carolina, It is part of an escalating pattern of one person’s need to demonstrate power and control over another.
I will propose stricter state laws to deal more quickly and more harshly with domestic abusers, and I will propose increased funding for safe shelters, treatment for the victims, and care for the children affected – who are often also the victims. This is what it means to be “for the people”. People are worth more than the few dollars saved when we ignore the problems in our community’s families.
In a 2018 article in The State news source, the headline read, “South Carolina tops the list of deadliest states for women 21 years in a row”. South Carolina ranked as the sixth-worst state in the country, according to 2016 data from the FBI. The study showed that men killed 48 women in SC in just 2016.
According to the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) website, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men report having experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Examples of severe physical violence includes being beaten, hit with a fist, or slammed against something. The presence of a firearm in a domestic violence incident increases the risk of the woman being killed by 500%.