Post and Courier partners with Channel 4, CofC to host domestic violence town hall

Volunteers hold silhouettes of those killed in domestic violence in South Carolina during the 17th annual Silent Witness Ceremony at the Statehouse in October.

The Post and Courier is teaming with WCIV-TV and the College of Charleston to host a town hall forum on the fight against domestic violence in South Carolina.

The one-hour forum, titled "Time for Change: A Town Hall on Domestic Violence," will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

The event will be televised live on WCIV Channel 4 and partner stations WPDE in Florence and WACH in Columbia.

The event comes in the wake of The Post and Courier's investigative series, "Till Death Do Us Part," which revealed that more than 300 women had been killed in domestic violence in South Carolina over the past decade, dying at a rate of about one every 12 days while the state did little to stop the carnage.

Working in a consortium with The Post and Courier, WCIV Channel 4 also reported extensively on the silent epidemic of domestic abuse in the Palmetto State and worked to bring the results of "Till Death Do Us Part" to a larger audience.

The partners have assembled a group of panelists to discuss the state's battle with domestic violence and answer questions from the live audience and from social media.

Featured panelists at will be Post and Courier projects reporter Doug Pardue, who worked on the team that produced the series; 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who oversees prosecutions in Charleston and Berkeley counties; Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen; Becky Callaham, executive director of Safe Harbor, which operates domestic abuse shelters in the Upstate; Sara Barber, executive director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; and state Rep. Peter McCoy, a Charleston Republican and former prosecutor who sits on a special House committee tasked with reforming the state's domestic violence laws.

A limited number of seats are available in Sottile Theater for free. There are no tickets, so seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The forum will be moderated by Mark Hyman, a national news commentator. Questions may be submitted at the event or via social media. The hashtag for this event is #YourVoiceYourFuture.