Domestic violence is pervasive in our state. The Violence Policy Center rates South Carolina second in the nation in the per capita rate of women killed by men in 2006, the latest year for which the FBI has data.
In the past few weeks there have been walks, vigils and silent ceremonies -- all to bring attention to this crime. Domestic violence is verbal, psychological and physical abuse, and its victims are of all socioeconomic and education levels, religions and races. State Attorney General Henry McMaster calls criminal domestic violence our state's number one crime problem.
In the Midlands, Sistercare is an established organization that helps battered women and their children with shelter, counseling, court advocacy, and other services. In recent months, Sistercare has exceeded capacity at its three emergency shelters, and has had to turn away battered women and their children.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an excellent time to speak out and act against domestic violence. Sistercare is holding its annual fundraiser this Thursday at the Songbird Café at Leaside off Garners Ferry Road. Please consider buying tickets or making a donation at the website http://www.sistercare.com.