March 20, 2008

Group Targets High Domestic Violence Rate « Family Corruption In The Big Easy

Group Targets High Domestic Violence RatePosted by familydynamics on February 1, 2008The Community Alliance Against Interpersonal Violence has been meeting monthly in a room of the Noisette Building to try to combat alarming domestic abuse statistics in South Carolina. The state of South Carolina is ranked seventh in the United States for incidents of domestic violence. And from 1991 to 2004, Charleston County had the greatest number of domestic violence victims in the state.The group’s newest venture has been to disseminate petitions across the Charleston area in support of a U.S. Senate bill that would establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network to represent domestic violence victims. Petitions have been posted at the College of Charleston, The Citadel, Trident Tech, City of Charleston Police Department, My Sister’s House and to area businesses in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley.Once signatures are collected, the petitions will be presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Copies will also be given to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; state Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston; State Attorney General Henry McMasters; and Vicki Bourus, executive director of the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.The Senate bill introduced by Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., would allow the attorney general to award grants to the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence to work with other organizations to recruit lawyers who would help victims pro bono. If the bill is approved, the U.S. Department of Justice would establish a pilot network in five states. Alliance committee members hope South Carolina’s domestic violence statistics and Graham’s position on the Senate Judiciary Committee will help make the case that South Carolina should be one of the five.Anyone interested in the petition may contact Crises Assistance Response and Education by calling 953-3390 and asking for a CARE team member. The Community Alliance Against Interpersonal Violence will hold its next meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 4 in the Noisette Building, 1360 Truxtun Ave., North Charleston.
Group Targets High Domestic Violence Rate « Family Corruption In The Big Easy
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