South Carolina’s state government has launched a new website aimed at providing information and resources to domestic violence survivors, loved ones, and offenders as well as to professional groups in the workplace.
“When you go to this website, not only does it ask you what town and zip code you live in, it also gives you all of the resources available to you within your community,” Governor Nikki Haley said. “But it goes a step further – it tells someone who is being abused what they can do to get help, it tells someone who thinks they know someone who’s being abused how to go about approaching the situation, and it tells someone who is an offender what they can do to get the help they need.”
The website features a 24-hour crisis hotline, a statewide directory of resources searchable by location, safety checklists and tips for victims and loved ones, and an exit button for victim safety. Citizens are also encouraged by the website to learn the phrase, “Share. Care. Be There,” as a three-step process for how loved ones should approach a friend or family member suspected to be a victim of domestic violence.
SafePlaceSC.sc.gov is a result of the work done by the S.C. Domestic Violence Task Force to provide South Carolinians with a single resource for domestic violence information.
“When we talk about ‘Share. Care. Be There,’ that really comes down to a couple of things,” Governor Haley said. “If you know of someone or suspect that someone is being abused, share your concerns with them. Care, but don’t judge. We can’t judge someone who is being abused because they already feel badly about themselves and our job is to lift them up, and get them help. And finally, it’s just to be there because this is a patient situation.”
The governor also laid out goals for county-level officials to try to meet by the end of the year in order to receive Safe Place County Certifications. Those goals include organizing a committee to review domestic violence deaths and adopting human resources policies for dealing with domestic violence situations.