Victim's Advocacy Program


What is an Order of Protection?

  • An order of protection is issued to protect the victim of (Criminal Domestic Violence) from the abuse of another household member.
  • Criminal Domestic Violence: (as defined by SC Statue §16-25-20) It is unlawful to: (1) Cause physical harm of injury to a person's own household member, (2) offer or attempt to cause physical harm or injury to a person's own household member with apparent present ability under circumstances reasonably creating fear of imminent peril.
  • Household Member: (as defined by SC Statue §16-25-10 ) means spouses, former spouses, parents and children, persons related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, persons who have a child in common, and a male and female who are cohabiting or formerly have cohabited.