Jan 202015

south_carolina_statehouse2The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) released the statement below from Executive Director Sara Barber today in response to the unanimous referral of S.3 from subcommittee to the Senate’s full Judiciary committee.

Between 2007 and 2011, women in South Carolina were twice as likely to be shot to death by their partners than the average American woman. S.3 would protect South Carolina families by prohibiting convicted domestic abusers and individuals subject to domestic violence orders of protection from legally possessing firearms.

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senator Larry Martin and Speaker of the House, Jay Lucas, along with more than three dozen public officials – elected representatives, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, and domestic violence survivors – came together earlier this week at the State House to declare their shared commitment to do more to reduce domestic violence in South Carolina.


We are so pleased to see lawmakers from both chambers and both sides of the aisle embrace the need to do more to hold domestic abusers accountable for their actions. By increasing penalties on domestic violence offenders and placing reasonable limits on firearm possession, S.3 marks an important step forward for South Carolina and its renewed dedication to protecting women and families across our state.  This bill would go a long way to reducing the high cost of domestic violence on our families and in our communities.

“We urge lawmakers to consider reasonable measures that will ensure individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence or found through a due process legal proceeding to pose a danger to a partner in a domestic relationship do not have legal access to firearms. We look forward to working with lawmakers to incorporate these public safety measures into the bill.

 Posted by on January 20, 2015 Blog, Domestic Violence Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Statement from SCCADVASA in Response to Opening of Legislative Session and Passage of DV Prevention Bill Passed Through Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
Oct 022014

Governor Haley Signs Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation


2014 Domestic Violence Proclamation

 Posted by on October 2, 2014 Blog, Domestic Violence, SC Says No More Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  Comments Off on Governor Haley Signs Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation
Nov 042013

As we begin November after recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SC’s #1 National ranking for the number of women killed by men is still fresh in our minds. More than anything, we want to know, “What can we do to prevent this from happening?”

The answer rests in the primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence. Primary prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault is a systematic process promoting healthy environments and behaviors, resulting in the reduction of the likelihood and the frequency of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The root of these crimes lies in power and control over another individual, and primary prevention of these crimes focuses on addressing the power and control to which a perpetrator thinks they are entitled—at a very basic, system-wide level.

These system-wide levels are individual, relationship, community and institutions & society. Only when we begin to work in all of these areas will we begin to see change, and a lowered rate of IPV and sexual violence.

Stay tuned to the SCSaysNoMore Blog for specific discussions and examples of things you and your community can do at each of these levels. In the meantime:

What can you do at any of these levels to address intimate partner and sexual violence? Are there opportunities in your own community to begin addressing some of the attitudes and behaviors that encourage and support the perpetration of these crimes?


 Posted by on November 4, 2013 SC Says No More Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on What Can We Do to Prevent Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence?
Jul 242013

scAccording to “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data” released today by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, DC, South Carolina ranks #1 in the nation for the number of women killed by men; the state was ranked #2 in the nation according to the previous Violence Policy Center report.  This announcement coincides with the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States, which is recognized in every year in October.

“For the past ten years, South Carolina has consistently been ranked in the top ten states for the number of women killed by men; this is the third time we have been ranked number one.  It is our hope that this report will be a call to action for the leadership of South Carolina and its citizens to recognize the seriousness of the problem in our state and begin to work collaboratively to find real solutions that improve the safety and lives of women in our state,” says Colleen Campbell Bozard, Interim Executive Director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA).

This annual report is based on information obtained from the most recent Supplementary Homicide Report (SHI) data submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The numbers for 2011 are the most recent statistics available, and the ranking is calculated according to the homicide rate per 100,000 people in the state.

61 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2011, a total of 2.54 per 100,000.  This is more than twice the national per capita rate of 1.17 per 100,000.

  • Four of the female homicide victims were 18 years of age or younger, and the average homicide victim age was 38 years old.
  • Of these victims, 22 were black, and 39 were white.
  • For those homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93% of reported homicides (52 out of 56 identified) were murdered by someone they knew.
  • Of the homicide victims who knew their offenders, 63% (33 victims) were murdered by a male that was their husband, common-law-husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend.
  • Of the female intimates murdered, 52% of these were killed with guns.
  • South Carolina has been in the top 10 of women killed by men for the past 15 years, and this is our 3rd time at the top spot in the nation.

The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) is a statewide coalition made up of the 22 sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy programs in South Carolina. We are working to make our state a place where all women, children, and men are safe in their homes, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.

 Posted by on July 24, 2013 Domestic Violence Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on South Carolina Number One in Women Killed by Men