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Resource ID: #18753
Subject: Domestic Violence
Source: State (Columbia, S.C.)
Date: 05/20/2001 through 12/21/2001



Following a breaking story in which a husband was charged with killing his estranged wife, reporters from The(Columbia, S.C.)State analyzed domestic violence statewide, finding that over a five-year period, more than half of the most serious domestic violence cases had been dismissed by judges and prosecutors. As a result of the series, the attorney general issued a statewide order to prosecutors, ordering them to stop dropping cases. The legislature voted to raise marriage license fees to provide an estimated additional $1 million to domestic violence shelters in the state.

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