domestic violence

People outside of the South Carolina Statehouse hold silhouettes during the annual Silent Witness ceremony on October 6, 2020. The silhouettes represent those who died from domestic violence in 2019.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 27, 2020, features: the voices of voters from around the state a week out from Election Day; a look at efforts to prevent domestic violence in South Carolina; the importance of getting the flu vaccine is this winter; and more.

Dr. Ashley Hink

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ashley Hink about reports of increasing rates of domestic violence or intimate partner violence during the pandemic. Dr. Hink is a general, trauma and critical care surgeon at MUSC. 

Firefighter Tries to Save Lives in the Classroom

Mar 21, 2018
Christan Rainey speaks to students at Charleston area middle school.
Victoria Hansen/SC Public Radio

When Christan Rainey isn't putting out flames and saving lives as a North Charleston firefighter, he's busy warning teens about the potential dangers of dating and domestic violence.  The 33 year-old knows such violence all too well.  His mother and four siblings were shot to death 11 years ago, by the man his mother had married.

Yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley issued an executive order to continue the work of a Domestic Violence Task Force, begun a year ago in January. Last year, South Carolina was ranked 1st in the Nation for the rate of women murdered by men. Governor Haley and members of the Task Force spoke at a press conference about new measures the state will be taking this year to bring that ranking down. South Carolina Public Radio’s Laura Hunsberger has more on the story.

Resources for Domestic Violence Survivors:

 In September of 2014, the Violence Policy Center ranked South Carolina second in nation in rate of women killed by men. Their report was release just weeks after Charleston's The Post and Courier newspaper ran a three-week series on criminal domestic violence called “Till Death Do Us Part," which later won the Pulitzer Prize.

Jennifer Hawes was part of The Post & Courier team that reported and wrote the series. She joins Sara Barber, Executive Director of The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, talk with Walter Edgar about the problem of domestic violence in South Carolina, and what's being done about it.

David Dubberly
Nexen Pruet

  Our next guest says that domestic violence often leads to workplace violence which is why his law firm recently completed a series of briefings across both Carolinas, talking with human resources managers about connections between workplace and domestic violence.

Post & Courier reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes
Post & Courier, Charleston, SC

  This week on South Carolina Focus we look at a respected state newspaper that has distinguished itself nationally: the Charleston Post and Courier was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for its series on domestic violence in South Carolina. Largely because of the series, the General Assembly has put forward legislation to combat this serious problem in our state. We talk with two of the reporters who worked on the series about their feelings on the problem and the prestigious prize their work has earned.