Domestic violence is a major problem in South Carolina and across the United States. South Carolina consistently ranks in the bottom 5 in national statistics on domestic violence.
What exactly is domestic violence? Section 16-25-20 of the South Carolina Code of Laws makes it unlawful to cause physical harm or injury to a person’s own household member, or, offer or attempt to cause physical harm or injury to a person’s own household member with apparent present ability under circumstances reasonably creating fear of imminent peril.
There are four different levels of domestic violence with elevating potential punishments: