May 052017
 

COLUMBIA — In a state among the worst in the nation in incidents of domestic violence, Statehouse lawmakers have taken a step toward teaching young people how to avoid such behavior.

The South Carolina Senate passed legislation this week that would allow minors as young as 16 to get a court order of protection — without their parents’ consent — when they are victims of domestic violence.

Additionally, the bill, which was approved unanimously, would create a dating violence education program for the state’s middle and high schools.

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Jun 112015
 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley says a bill she signed increasing penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders and banning batterers from having guns is just the beginning to change a culture that quietly ignored abuse.

Haley signed the bill Thursday that punishes abusers based on the severity of the attack, the number of prior offenses and other factors, like whether the victim was strangled, is pregnant or children saw the abuse.

The law also provides a lifetime gun ban for the worst abusers and has an automatic three- or 10-year ban in other cases.

Haley says the law will help her domestic violence task force gather information. She says she wants to stop how the state ignores abuse.

South Carolina often ranks at the top in the number of domestic violence deaths.

Read article here: http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/04/haley-signs-new-domestic-violence-law/28490159/nikki haley signs dv bill 2015