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Better officer training among 50 recommendations for stemming domestic violence in SC

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A task force's recommendations for combating domestic violence in South Carolina include training more 911 operators, improving documentation of the crime scene and increasing the number of shelters statewide.

Those are among the 50 recommendations issued Monday by the task force that Gov. Nikki Haley created in January.

Many involve ensuring law enforcement officers statewide are uniformly trained on how to investigate domestic violence cases.

Haley says there's a lot of work to do on recommendations that would seem to be common sense. She says she was shocked, for example, that officers often don't interview children at the scene or even document they were witnesses.

The Legislature passed a law in June aimed at curbing domestic violence.

Haley says she wanted her group to focus on systemic, cultural changes.

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