Victim advocate: Jail escapee's girlfriend probably fears for her life

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The victim's advocate for the Mt. Pleasant Police Department said Friday that the girlfriend of a man who escaped from the Berkeley County Detention Center on Thursday most likely fears for her life even though she has been taken into protective custody.

James Sanders, 39, was being held on criminal domestic violence charges when he escaped from the jail Thursday afternoon.

"First thing I thought about was where is the victim?" said victim's advocate Donna German. "I imagine she's in fear for her life because victims of domestic violence, it now only affects them physically, but they got a lot of mental problems."

German encourages domestic violence victims to get an order of protection from a judge. The order is in effect for a full year, and requires the abuser to stay away from the victim.

"It gives the victim a right to be protected by that paper, but at the same time we advise them to always be aware of their surroundings, have no contact with the abuser," she explained.

German said it's not unusual for the abuser to ignore a restraining order.

"If there's contact, then the abuser has violated the order."

Deputies said that's exactly what Sanders did when he was arrested in August, 2011.

Thursday he was sentenced to time served on that charge, but was still being held on the domestic violence charge.

Sanders is facing even more jail time when he's found.

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