Public Policy


S.3- A bill to amend section 16-25-10 of the 1976 code, to provide necessary definitions; to amend section 16-25-20 of the 1976 code, relating to criminal domestic violence offenses and penalties, so as to restructure the criminal domestic violence offenses into degrees and provide penalties; to amend section 16-25-30, relating to the illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a domestic violence offense, to provide that it is unlawful for a person convicted of a criminal domestic violence offense or a person subject to an order of protection for domestic or family violence to ship, transport, or receive a firearm or ammunition, and to provide notice to a person to whom the statute applies; to amend section 16-25-65, relating to criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, to provide that the court must order participation in a domestic violence intervention program and allow a restriction on firearms and ammunition as a condition of bond; and to amend chapter 3, title 16, relating to offenses against the person, by adding article 18, to provide necessary definitions and to establish a procedure for the issuance of permanent and emergency civil no-contact orders under certain circumstances, to provide for the duration of civil no-contact orders, and to provide a penalty for the violation of civil no-contact orders.

Show Your Support for Senate Bill 3!

It is time for domestic violence reform in our state. South Carolina currently ranks #2 in the nation for the number of women murdered by men. This statistic isn’t an anomaly. After being ranked #1 the previous year and for the past 17 years never going below the top 10, SC has a long and troubled history with domestic violence rates. It is time to support legal changes that help address this deadly statistic.

The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault supports the changes proposed in Senate Bill 3 which would create tougher sentencing for individuals who have been found guilty of domestic violence, including a critical piece that will revoke gun ownership to prior offenders. Senate Bill 0003 is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens), Sen. Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington), Sen. Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington), Sen. John Coursen (R- Richland), Sen. Mike Fair (R-Greenville), Sen. Ross Turner (R-Greenville), Sen. Joel Lourie (D-Richland), & Sen. Greg Hembree (R-Horry).

Please take a moment to help victims of domestic violence and their children. Call, email or write your senator today, urging him/her to support Senate Bill 3!

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