I was outraged at Gov. Nikki Haley’s remarks during the last debate about domestic violence, although they did shine some light on why South Carolina continues to have one of the highest rates in the nation for women killed by men.
Yes, there is a cultural aspect to domestic violence, as she noted, but there is so much more involved. This multifaceted danger facing so many women in South Carolina must be addressed on many levels.
There are qualified domestic violence service providers throughout our state who are providing vital services to women in danger.
The faith community is an important resource that provides support to these professionals. But it is vital that we all support the domestic violence centers that provide the best services known.
And allowing individuals who are known to be violent against other people — as when convicted of criminal domestic violence — to be armed and dangerous to those they purport to love is even more appalling.
It’s time to stand up, South Carolina, and say enough is enough.