Monday, May 20 2013 3:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:12:43 GMT
Shots were fired after an altercation tonight at a North Charleston gas station, according to North Charleston Police. The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. at the Murphy's Gas Station at Rivers AvenueMore >>
Authorities say a parking space dispute at a gas station led to a man being shot in the face and damage to four vehicles.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Experts say in bad economic times cases of domestic violence tend to rise. With several high-profile celebrity cases of domestic violence recently, some experts are worried children will begin glorifying such crimes.
"Well, I think the economy has had an impact on us seeing an increase in reports about child abuse," Dr. M. Elizabeth Ralston, Executive Director of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, said. "And because domestic violence is one form of child abuse, we've seen an increase in those numbers of reports."
A rising number of reports of domestic violence in a state already known to have one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the country.
"Well, I think it's very prevalent," Dr. Ralston said. "We've heard some horrifying statistics in the past about domestic violence in our state, one of the leading states for domestic violence."
And with recent cases of celebrities like singer Chris Brown and football player Sean Merriman being accused of domestic violence, Dr. Ralston says kids are seeing domestic violence in a different light.
"Sometimes kids think it's okay when they experience it in their own families. When they experience it with celebrities they may see it as glamorous, they may see it as dramatic, they may see it as okay, and they may want to emulate that. And that's a significant, significant problem."
Dr. Ralston says celebrity cases can be confusing for kids.
"Just as with things kids see on tv, the kinds of violence they see on tv, the kind of sexual acting out they see on tv, causes some kids to think that that's an okay way to live. And, of course, it's not."
Ralston says the solution to celebrity influence begins with parents teaching their kids what's acceptable behavior, but also extends to the greater community.
"And we can begin within the media to not glamorize this and not dramatize it, and not give it so much coverage."
Dr. Ralston says domestic violenc between parents can be very traumatic for children, so she says it's important to allow children to seek counseling if they ahve witnessed domestic violence in their family.
Monday, May 20 2013 3:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:27:04 GMT
The man convicted of voluntary manslaughter two years ago in the 2009 death of 28-year-old Kate Waring is again seeking a new trial. According to the South Carolina Attorney General's Office, 33-year-oldMore >>
The man convicted of voluntary manslaughter two years ago in the 2009 death of 28-year-old Kate Waring waived his relief hearing on Monday on two other charges he was convicted on.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:11 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:11:06 GMT
Dorchester District 2 administrators and teachers packed the county's council chambers in support of their 20,000 students. "We have done a whole lot with so little for so long," says Wally Baird, principalMore >>
Dorchester District Two says it will be in the red in the upcoming school year. The district presented its$158 million budget to the Dorchester County Council Monday night.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 8:22 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:22:26 GMT
An Upstate woman who is charged in the shooting deaths of her two children and with trying to kill her husband has been released from the hospital.Anna Simpson was released from Greenville MemorialMore >>
An Upstate woman who is charged in the shooting deaths of her two children and with trying to kill her husband has been released from the hospital.More >>
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