Domestic violence services continue to compete with statistic

VIDEO: Domestic violence services continue to compete with statistic

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - On the Island of Palms, a husband was killed over the weekend, but studies show wives and girlfriends are much more likely to be killed by their partners in our state.

South Carolina is second in the nation for the number of women killed by men, according to the Violence Policy Center.

It's an issue that has local services pushing forward in their efforts.

"We want to be there before something happens,"Chaplain Rob Dewey, of Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, said. "But we also want to make sure we're there after it happens to be able to support the family members during this time that's life changing."

Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy is one service that arrives on scene at the report of an incident. The program tries to help the family and possibly neighbors through the immediate problems. Meanwhile, My Sister's House is the largest center to provide services for victims in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties.

One of the biggest struggles these services face is trying to get these victims to take that first step, and receive help.

"My hope and my prayer is that folks would see that they're in trouble and would reach out before they get into a crisis situation,"Dewey said. "That they would call 911."

The issue has now reached the state level; Governor Haley created a task force this year to conduct research on the number of cases for domestic violence along with ways to better support the help the victims are getting.

"We've had a lot of cases of domestic violence here in the lowcountry,"Dewey said. "I don't know that you ever get on with your life, because that's a 9/11 for that family. They're never going to be the same. So what we want to do is try to offer some support to them."

The Governor's task force is expected to release its findings by the end of this year.

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