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Criminal Domestic Violence in South Carolina

Attorney General Henry McMaster has named domestic violence as the number one crime problem in South Carolina. More than 36,000 victims annually report a domestic violence incident to law enforcement agencies around the state. Over the past eight years, an average of thirty-eight (38) women have been killed each year by their intimate partner.

Domestic violence has become a crisis in the Palmetto State, and there are three programs in the Office of the Attorney General designed to drastically reduce the incidence of this horrible crime: the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Program, the Pro Bono Program and the SC Rural Domestic Violence Initiative . Please click on the programs' related links for more information

General 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.

Domestic Violence Business Summit

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Domestic Violence: It is YOUR Business

This is the first-ever, statewide domestic violence summit for the business community in SC. The summit will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2007, from 10am-2pm (registration begins at 9:30am) at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Attendance is free, and breakfast and lunch are included. The Attorney General is hosting the event. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is sponsoring the event, and the SC Chamber is endorsing this event. We have invited all of the CEOs and human resource managers of SC Chamber registerd businesses from across the state to participate in the summit. Speakers include: Jim McGean, the South Area President of Verizon Wireless and Kim Wells, the Executive Director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV). Attendees will learn how to craft and implement work safety plans. They will also have the opportunity to get acquainted with their local domestic violence shelter agencies, as they will have booths at the summit. Registration is available online at:

Silent Witness

10th Anniversary of the Attorney General's Silent Witness Ceremony
Monday, October 1, 2007
South Steps of the State House

The 2007 Silent Witness ceremony honors the victims of domestic victims of domestic homicide from 2006. During the cermony, wooden silhouettes represent the women and men who have died due to doemstic violence in South Carolina during the preious year. Attorney General Henry McMaster reads the name of each victim and the circumstances of their death. As each name is read, volunteers or family members of the victim carry the silhouette and take a place on the state house steps. The memorial is very moving and raises public awareness about criminal domestic violence in South Carolina. Currently South Carolina ranks seventh in the nation for the amount of domestic homicides. The event is open to the public. For more information about Silent Witness, or to find out how you can be a volunteer, please contact Emily Brady at (803) 734-4080.

2007 Silent Witness Book

Contact Information

Violence Against Women & Pro Bono

Rural Domestic Violence Initiative

Program Coordinator


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