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FAQ about domestic violence in South Carolina

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2023 | Assault Crimes |

Unfortunately, domestic violence is a serious and common issue in South Carolina. The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault reports that almost 32,000 people suffered domestic violence in 2022. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender or socioeconomic status, and its effects can be devastating.

Understanding more about domestic violence is an essential step in preventing it and supporting those who experience it.

What constitutes domestic violence?

Domestic violence includes physical harm, injury or assault between household members. It can also include threats of violence which create fear of physical harm, as well as harm to personal property.

Who can be a target of domestic violence?

Any member of a household can be a target of domestic violence. This includes spouses, former spouses, people who share a child or people who live together or have lived together.

What resources are available for survivors of domestic violence?

South Carolina has various resources available to support survivors of domestic violence. These include shelters, hotlines, counseling services and support groups. The SCCADVASA is a statewide organization that provides resources and support for survivors.

Can a survivor of domestic violence seek protection?

Yes, survivors can seek a protection order, often referred to as a restraining order, from the court. This order can prohibit the perpetrator from having any form of contact with the survivor, and violation of this order can result in legal consequences.

What are the penalties for domestic violence in South Carolina?

The penalties for domestic violence vary depending on the severity of the crime. It can range from 30 days to ten years in prison. The courts can also impose fines and require perpetrators to participate in a domestic violence intervention program.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, it is important to reach out to the appropriate resources for help. Remember, everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their home and there is help available for those in need.

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