Archive for the ‘Protection from Domestic Abuse’ Category

Should the law differentiate mutual combat from domestic abuse

I recently attended the South Carolina Bar’s annual guardian ad litem training. One of the presenters discussed “Domestic Violence and its Impact on Children.” Her oral presentation, but not her written materials, differentiated two types of domestic violence. The first–and this is not how she labeled it–is what one might think of a low-level mutual […]

South Carolina Supreme Court revives application of domestic abuse statute to unmarried cohabitants

On July 26, 2017 the South Carolina Supreme Court, in the case of Doe v. State, remedied the equal protection infirmity of a Domestic Abuse statute that granted protection to opposite sex cohabitants but denied that protection to same sex cohabitants by denying that protection to all unmarried cohabitants. Stuck with language that afforded the […]

Equal protection challenge to domestic abuse statute leaves law in chaos

The July 26, 2017 Supreme Court opinion in Doe v. State has left South Carolina’s Protection from Domestic Abuse [a civil, family court, statute] and Criminal Domestic Violence [a criminal statute] laws in chaos. Doe stems from an equal protection challenge brought a lesbian who sought protection from domestic abuse against her ex-fiancé. That statute, […]

The link between animal cruelty and domestic violence

When I was in my late teens my best friend was a brilliant, iconoclastic, Catholic, conservative, whose parents has escaped Communist Poland and lived in Apartheid South Africa before emigrating to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.  My political beliefs were not nearly as well thought out or firmly held but I came from […]

 

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