New initiative hopes to cut down on deaths caused by domestic violence

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officers are investigating after two women were found with multiple stab wounds outside a North Charleston apartment, and a suspect was found dead inside.

According to police, it stemmed from a domestic situation.

A  police report states Mitchell was the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims.

"Another domestic violence incident that maybe we could have changed," Executive Director of My Sister's Keeper Elmire Raven said.

My sister's keeper is a shelter that helps women in domestic violence situations.

Raven, a domestic violence survivor, said the stabbings are sad, but not shocking.

"We rank number one in the nation for the number of women murdered by men and we've been in the top 10 for the last 18 years," Raven said.

It's a role Raven wishes South Carolina didn't hold.

That's why My Sister's House and other advocates now have a fatality review board to study domestic violence cases that have ended in death.

"Maybe eliminate some of the victims that are being killed," Raven said. "It's a governor task force recommendation."

Many who who live and work near Pine Crest, where the stabbings occurred, just hope the violence stops soon.

"This stuff is horrible and this has been all within three months," Larry Williams said. "A lot of deaths. It's getting horrible and the police can only do what they can do."

"We need to, you know, try to get that crime down," Manager at Max Quick Stop Bubba Johnson said. "Too much violence going on in this community."

Bubba Johnson saw the ambulance rush by Max Quick Stop, where he works, just beside pine crest apartments.

Knowing what happened there hits hard.

"My heart goes out to the family," said Johnson.

"Pray," Williams said. "All you can do is pray."

Others hope new efforts will make these type of situations things of the past.

"We as a team can look at what else we could have done," Raven said.

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