COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A special group created by Gov. Nikki Haley to tackle criminal domestic violence is holding its first meeting.
Haley's criminal domestic violence task force is having an organizational meeting at the Department of Juvenile Justice on Tuesday.
Haley announced the effort last month, saying the group was charged with finding a way to stem South Carolina's generational cycles of domestic abuse.
The governor's executive order lists 40 agencies, associations and groups that will be represented, including courts, cosmetologists, churches, legislators and survivors. Their recommendations aren't due until Dec. 31.
South Carolina has long ranked among the nation's worst states in violence against women. The House and Senate have separate bills aimed at curbing the problem.