CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – After a rise of home violence circumstances through the pandemic, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Workplace stated the variety of circumstances has gone down.
In 2020, the sheriff’s workplace reported over 200 home violence circumstances. This 12 months, they’ve reported almost 130 circumstances. 7 of which have occurred within the month of October, Home Violence Consciousness Month.
“We are saying her identify, we continuously deliver her up, we won’t let her be gone,” stated Jennifer Davidson.
Davidson misplaced her sister, Tina Makupson, in 2018 to home violence. She says they began seeing the abuse two years earlier.
“Tina got here to the door and he or she was beat, virtually then, unrecognizable,” she stated.
Davidson says she pleaded together with her sister her to get out, however she ended up getting again collectively together with her abuser. A call says that value her sister her life.
“Folks have been telling us, ‘this boy’s harmful, he’s going to kill her.’ We all know Tina, she’s a fighter, he would possibly attempt however he gained’t do it, however he did,” stated Davidson.
Davidson says when her household couldn’t contact Tina on January twenty second, 2018, they knew one thing was unsuitable. They went to her house to test, however she didn’t reply the door. They known as regulation enforcement to her home so they may get inside. That’s the place they discovered Tina.
“He beat her, together with his arms. She was actually crushed to demise,” Davidson recalled.
Tina’s story is unfortunately considered one of many in Cherokee County and the state.
“Lives are being misplaced in our neighborhood, since 1996 there’s been 35 deaths simply in Cherokee County on account of home violence,” stated Sheriff Steve Mueller.
Sheriff Steve Mueller says there have been 225 circumstances in 2019 and 235 in 2020.
“South Carolina usually has been primary, two or three in home violence situations, and that’s not a class that try to be happy with,” stated Mueller.
Due to this violence, with each birthday that passes, every vacation, Tina’s household is wanting over on the empty seat she as soon as stuffed.
Davidson says they may proceed to be a voice for her sister Tina. Her message to anybody on this scenario is to get out as quickly as you may.
Should you, or somebody near you, is experiencing home violence, there are sources out there.
To talk with somebody instantly name Secure Houses-rape Disaster Coalition Hotline at 1-800-273-5066. To see extra of their sources, click on here for his or her web site.