Law enforcement, business leaders come together to fight domestic violence

Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 10:00 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2016 at 10:28 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The battle against domestic violence got an extra boost Wednesday on Columbia's north side.

Members of the Columbia Police Department, Richland County Sheriff's Department, and North Columbia Business Association were among those who came together to fight the issue.

Recently, South Carolina has been ranked as having one of the country's highest rates of domestic violence.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the state has been improving, but there is still a lot of work to do especially when it comes to the role of guns.

"We also can't lose track of the fact that guns remain the primary weapon when it comes to domestic violence and you know I make no secret," Chief Holbrook said. "I think guns are way too accessible. I think gun accessibility and guns falling into the wrong hands of people that are under mental stress, mental duress, emotional duress, especially in domestic violence situations, it leads to disaster."

Chief Holbrook said gun-related domestic violence isn't only a criminal matter, but it is also a public health issue.

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