Prosecutors seek millions for domestic violence cases

COLUMBIA (WACH)" The South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination is seeking an additional $1.6 million dollars for prosecution of domestic violence cases. Currently South Carolina receives a federal grant for prosecution of such cases, which is distributed to the state TMs 16 judicial circuits, and the requested money will replace the grant money when it expires at the end of June.

This request is one of many, as state agencies continue to deal with a 24 percent cut to their budgets that were made in the 2008-2009 budget. According to the State newspaper , better tax collections have led to an additional $900 million for lawmakers to spend.

The money requested for domestic abuse cases will pay the salaries of prosecutors who often go head to head with skilled defense attorneys. Commission Executive Director David Ross says that increased prosecution has led to a drop in domestic violence since 2005.

Although domestic violence is declining, according to the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault , South Carolina ranks 8 in the nation for men who murder woman, including 31 women who were killed in 2009.

(The AP contributed to this story)