One in four women will be effected by domestic violence at some point in their lifetime, according to National Network to End Domestic Violence spokesman Brian Namey. In Charleston, today through Friday the Network is hosting one of many conferences across the nation to raise awareness.
On average in the U.S. three women are killed everyday at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. So, the problem is huge, lives are being lost and we are here to raise awareness in support of life saving programs that help people.
Namey says the conference is a nationwide effort.
Each year we have our annual meeting at a different city, and every state in the country has a coalition against sexual and domestic violence, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence represents them at the national level. And, this year the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault invited us to come here to Charleston and we gladly accepted the invitation.
Namey says leaders from across the country are looking at ways to help victims and prevent more cases from happening again.
Representatives from almost every state and territory in the country are here in Charleston, and we hope over the next three days to learn from each other and share best practices and talk about national trends and do what we can to help.
Today, Dr. Phil will speak via satellite from Hollywood to the conference attendees. Attorney General Henry McMaster will also make remarks.