New study from UofSC professor highlights the need for more domestic violence prevention measures

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– We’re learning more about domestic violence here in the Palmetto State, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue.

Tuesday morning, a University of South Carolina professor, economist Dr. Joseph Von Neesen, shared his findings on a recent study which estimates domestic violence in South Carolina cost the state $358.4 million in 2020. Neesen highlighted the need for more domestic violence prevention measures in every county, saying this is happening statewide to men and women.

According to this study, 42% of females and 29% of males are expected to experience intimate partner violence at least once in their lives.

The study will now go into the hands of businesses, non-profits and legislators. Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette  says Governor McMaster has asked for $600,000 in the budget to go to domestic violence programs.


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