U.S. Congressman Tom Rice, North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley, and Horry County Councilman Dennis Disabato joined local leader Fred Nesta on Saturday stressing the dire need for an Horry County Domestic Violence Shelter. The county currently has none.
Congressman Rice states that South Carolina currently rates sixth in the nation in criminal domestic violence.
This was the sixth year in a row that South Carolina ranked in the top five states for women murdered by men and the rate has increased since last year’s report of 1.73 per 100,000. “South Carolina’s continued presence at, or near, the top of the list of the most dangerous states for women demonstrates how much work as a state we still have to do,” says Sara Barber, executive director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
“We have changed laws but there are still struggles with consistently implementing them to increase victim safety. A long term change in our horrifying record will also need an increased emphasis on prevention education around healthy relationships. This should begin in schools and extend across all community settings, to stop this violence before it begins,” Barber added.