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home : news : news April 16, 2014

Seminar looks at criminal domestic violence
Chevron Scott, paralegal studies faculty advisor of the Student Paralegal Association at Florence Darlington Technical College, far right, helped organize the Domestic Violence Seminar held last week. He is joined by other SPA members.
Chevron Scott, paralegal studies faculty advisor of the Student Paralegal Association at Florence Darlington Technical College, far right, helped organize the Domestic Violence Seminar held last week. He is joined by other SPA members.

BY WILL ISGETT

Every 18 seconds a woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend. Thirty percent of all homicides in the U.S. are committed by someone's partner.

These are just a few of the alarming statistics that deal with Criminal Domestic Violence within the United States.

"If you look to your right or you left, either they are a victim or know a victim of criminal domestic violence," said Chevron Scott, Student Paralegal Association Advisor, faculty member at Florence-Darlington Technical College and a local lawyer. "If we don't talk about it or give them resources to get them help, then they stay in a situation that could eventually lead to death."

October was Criminal Domestic Violence Awareness month and last week at Florence-Darlington Technical College, the Student Paralegal Association held a program that helped inform individuals about the problem.

Sameatra Crawford, a criminal domestic survivor shared her heart-wrenching story with the audience.

Crawford, who is a student and an SPA member, lived in an abusive situation for seven years.

The tearful Crawford said that she was beaten by her then husband and lived in horror during the relationship.

"One day he snatched a cord form the computer and started hitting me with it," Crawford said. "I had just had surgery on my knee and he then took the bed post and started hitting me in my knee."

Crawford encouraged those who are going through any kind of domestic violence to get out of the situation or seek help.

Gloria Davis, the Family Violence Coordinator of Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, said that her organization is dedicated to the reduction of rape, family violence and to the needs of its victims.


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