COLUMBIA -- Attorney General Henry McMaster has issued a challenge to all South Carolinians to take part in reducing criminal domestic violence.
"If you see something, say something," McMaster said at a domestic violence luncheon. "If everyone did that, we can take back our state."
The state of South Carolina ranks seventh in the nation, based on population, in the number of women killed by men.
Change of attitude important
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Advocates and law enforcement are working together to combat the problem.
To target criminal domestic violence, a number of different steps have been taken, including counties hiring additional prosecutors and setting up centralized courts to handle the cases.
"A major way to make a difference is an attitude and belief change," said Nancy Barton, executive director of Sistercare. "It needs to be seen as a serious crime."