Henry McMaster

Pictured Above: Attorney General Henry McMaster

Attorney General Henry McMaster

S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Program

Services Training Officers and Prosecutors

General Information

Pro Bono Information

Training Information

Join the Office of the Attorney General and the Criminal Justice Academy for a Free, one-day, training on Criminal Domestic Violence. Trainings are geared for Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Attorneys and Victim Advocates. All trainings are approved for CLE, JCLE, CLEE, and Non-Social Work Hours.

2008 Training Schedule in Process

Silent Witness

The SC Silent Witness Story
Statistical Review: Domestic Homicides in SC
Silent Witness Ceremony

Law Enforcement, Judges and Prosecutors

Guide to Centralizing a CDV Court
Report a 2007 Domestic Violence Homicide

The Federal Violence Against Women Act (1994) was the first National legislation to specifically target Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) and other abusive behaviors toward women. Through the Violence Against Women Act, a grant was established in the Department of Justice.

The South Carolina Office of the Attorney General established the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women program in 1996 with monies the VAWA grant provided. Within the program there is a Special Prosecutor, a Program Coordinator and a Technical Assistant.

The primary goal of the S.T.O.P. program is to educate Law Enforcement, Judges and Prosecutors on CDV - its causes, consequences and laws pertaining thereto. Therefore, the Office of the Attorney General through the S.T.O.P. program hosts several trainings throughout the year and across the Palmetto State. Employees of the program quite regularly give speeches at other trainings or seminars in the state, as well.

In addition, the Office hosts an annual Silent Witness ceremony to remember the CDV homicide victims from the preceding year. It is important that the State of South Carolina and the Nation understand what a significant problem Criminal Domestic Violence is to our communities.

Finally, the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women program acts as a clearinghouse for CDV statistics. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division graciously provides this office with data necessary to bring to the attention of the public the growing need for strong action against domestic violence.