Taking hundreds of steps forward…

and seemingly endless steps back

As most of my readers know, I make it a point to speak up on the subject of South Carolina’s intolerable domestic violence statistics. Allow me to indulge in yet another public service announcement on the subject.

In less than 24 hours, there have been two conflicting news headline stories here in Columbia. First, the good news:

Hundreds walk to end domestic violence

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)Early Saturday morning at Finlay Park in downtown Columbia, the city held its Eighth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence. 

Domestic Violence

Source: Mayor Steve Benjamin/Twitter

The City of Columbia has been working toward bringing more awareness to domestic violence and this morning Mayor Benjamin, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, domestic violence advocates, supporters and survivors attended the one mile walk in support of the cause.

The Violence Policy Council reported in their annual “When Men Murder Women” that South Carolina ranks second in the nation for women that are killed by men. Statistics show that almost one in four women are likely to experience domestic violence in their lives.

The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Sistercare provide emergency housing for abuse victims in need. The City of Columbia wants everyone to know that there is assistance for those seeking to leave abusive relationships in the Midlands.

And, of course, the bad news:

Man wanted for stabbing estranged girlfriend arrested

Domestic Violence

Jason Boyles (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)Richland County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Saturday wanted on multiple charges, including attempted murder.

Jason Boyles, 28, is accused stabbing his estranged girlfriend Friday at a residence in the 1900 block of Roof Street.

Deputies say he went to the home to return the 24-year-old victim’s vehicle, then attempted to force the victim into her car.

When the woman tried to escape, Boyles stabbed her in the upper body, deputies say.

The woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Boyles is also accused of pointing a knife at his estranged girlfriend Oct. 5 and stealing her vehicle.

Once arrested, Boyles will be charged with attempted murder, burglary, and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Boyles and the victim share two children in common, deputies say.

Boyles was taken into custody Saturday near the 9800 block of Two Notch Rd. 

It’ll be nice when I never have to write about this topic again. But until the root of the problem is addressed, I’ll be doing whatever I can to bring about awareness of the issue and fight for change.

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