Gov. Nikki Haley, sheriffs from across the state, and members of the South Carolina Domestic Violence Task Force announced Wednesday that 45 South Carolina sheriffs have pledged to adopt a new initiative to improve officer response and create a baseline standard of uniformity statewide for domestic violence crimes by the end of the year.
“Providing officers with a one page, front and back, laminated reference guide on how to handle a domestic call,” Haley said Wednesday. The governor said law enforcement plays a critical role in the lives of domestic violence victims
Each sheriff’s office will implement an internal policy specifically for domestic violence aimed at ensuring victim safety, offender accountability, and officer safety and accountability.
“What we did want to say in order for us to move forward we do need to have these things,” Haley said.
The internal policy will include five standards, which were identified by the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task Force as being critical to law enforcement response to domestic violence.
Each sheriff’s office will also conduct a “needs assessment” for responding to and investigating domestic violence incidents for the purpose of developing a plan to obtain resources and improve services.
The needs assessment will lay the foundation for the governor’s law enforcement domestic violence initiatives in 2017 and 2018, continuing implementation of best practices proposed by the Domestic Violence Task Force.