Domestic Violence Task Force
In the summer of 2014, the Post and Courier published a series of articles that explored the devastating toll of domestic violence on South Carolina’s families and communities. In response, legislation was introduced and passed that addressed legal accountability for offenders and a range of other initiatives aimed at reducing the prevalence of this destructive crime.
In January of 2015, Governor Nikki R. Haley established a Task Force to expand the focus of reform beyond the limits of legislative reach and to address the cultural issues that surround domestic violence including social, economic, and geographic issues as well as professional standards and best practices within government and non-government organizations. SCCADVASA plays a leading role in the Task Force and we are excited to see so many agencies and individuals willing to come together to create much needed and sustained change.
In January of 2016, Governor Haley, in recognition of the complexity of the issues surrounding domestic violence extended the Executive Order authorizing the Task Force for the remainder of her term in office.
Phase 1 Report: Services Division
Phase 1 Report: Community Division
Phase 1 Report: Criminal Justice Division
Phase 1 Report: Government Resources Workgroup
Phase II Report: Proposed Recommendations
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Coordinated Community Response
The Domestic Violence Reform Act of 2015 reemphasized the important role that local domestic violence coordinating councils play in reducing domestic violence in their communities. Responsibility for establishing and coordinating these councils in each county resides in Circuit Solicitors Offices. The Domestic Violence Advisory Committee is a similar council operating at the state-level.
Coordinating Councils (Coordinated Community Response teams) bring together multidisciplinary partners to develop protocols and responses to domestic violence that meet the needs of victims/survivors and effectively hold offenders accountable. CCR’s can address all facets of the community’s response—from the criminal justice system through victim services, other systems and prevention. An important task for CCR teams in South Carolina is Domestic Violence Fatality Review, a process by which the team reviews domestic violence related deaths with the underlying objectives of preventing them in the future, preserving the safety of battered women, and holding accountable both the perpetrators of domestic violence and the actions or policies of the multiple agencies and organizations that came into contact with the parties (National Domestic Violence Homicide Review Initiative).
To find out more information about the Coordinating Council in your county, contact the Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Click here for information on fatality review and a video showing the process in one Montana community.