Victims’ advocates on Thursday applauded Gov. Nikki Haley’s creation of a domestic violence task force that aims to change a culture in South Carolina that has enabled abusers and led to the deaths of hundreds of women.
Haley said the task force would focus on cultural issues contributing to the state being among the deadliest in the nation for women at the hands of husbands and partners while the Legislature continues its efforts to toughen penalties for batterers.
“Everybody in South Carolina knows about domestic violence, but nobody talks about it ”” they whisper,” Haley said during the announcement at the Statehouse. “That’s what we’re going to change in South Carolina.”