Domestic violence council organizes teleconference brainstorm

The Tri-County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council is organizing a statewide teleconference, tentatively scheduled for March, to find out what other groups around the state are doing to combat South Carolina’s high rate of abuse.

“It’s our whole state that’s having problems,” said Patricia Warner, acting program manager of the council.

The brainstorm session will be facilitated by high- definition technology at the Medical University of South Carolina. The South Carolina Attorney General’s office calls domestic violence in the state a “crisis” and reports that law enforcement fields more than 36,000 calls related to domestic violence each year.

South Carolina ranks second in the country for the rate of women murdered by men, according to a September report by the Violence Policy Center.

The Tri-County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, representing groups in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, met Wednesday in North Charleston. Members discussed the council’s Facebook outreach efforts and heard a presentation by Butch Kennedy, director of Real Men Against Domestic Violence.

Real MAD focuses its outreach on men ages 10 to 100 to stop abuse against women. “South Carolina ranks high on the totem pole when it comes to violence against women,” Kennedy said. “That’s our No. 1 priority.”

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.

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