Crime & Courts

Domestic Violence Court lauded for work

A Midlands organization that provides shelter and other services for battered women on Friday honored Lexington County's programs that combat domestic violence.

Sistercare recognized Sheriff James Metts and the county's Centralized Criminal Domestic Violence Court, which has operated for 10 years, said Sistercare director Nancy Barton.

In accepting the award, Metts said, "Domestic violence is an area where we have been able to change the quality of life for battered women in Lexington County."

Domestic violence prosecutor Nicole Howland, said, " ... we need to ensure victim safety, demand offender accountability, and make victims aware of services like Sistercare's."