Solicitor Works to Toughen Domestic Violence Law - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

04/21/06

Solicitor Works to Toughen Domestic Violence Law

South Carolina is one of the worst states in America when it comes to domestic violence. Now Beaufort County Solicitor Duffie Stone is trying to change the state law to allow the solicitor's office to prosecute first offenders of domestic violence.

"The way the law is right now, we pick up the cases after it's too late," Stone said. "The way the law is written, we pick up the cases after the person has already been convicted one time. And there are some cases, in many cases, they are repeat offenders. These are people we know have a pattern of conduct, they're beating their spouses on a regular basis."

Stone also wants to enhance programs to help domestic violence victims and their children.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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