NEWSLETTER / April 2020
|South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) is a non-profit law firm. We provide free legal services in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina. Our mission is to provide legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low income South Carolinians.|
TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT FOR SCLS OFFICES:
NOTICE TO TENANTS:
ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT NOTICE:
South Carolina allows for multiple charges to be expunged from a person’s criminal record, depending on the convictions. While the law is standard as to what can be expunged, the application process can differ based on the county where the conviction occurred. We have put together a small checklist of considerations and documents to prepare during this time that will be useful in any county.
PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE
April has been designated as the National Child Abuse Prevention month in the United States since 1983. However, the Coronavirus has raised new concerns about child abuse. Schools have been closed since mid-March. Many parents have been laid off or are working from home. The added stress for parents is more likely to lead to reactions toward children that may be abusive.
ORDER OF PROTECTION HELP
South Carolina’s rate of domestic violence ranks 5th in the nation. The stay-at-home orders and wide-spread job losses have added an extra layer of strain on the already fragile family relations. Domestic violence does not discriminate. Victims of domestic violence come from all faith group, races, age brackets and educational and socioeconomic classes. Although we may not be able to eliminate domestic violence completely, we can help make families safer. See information below on our self-help tool that allows victims to seek safety through an Order of Protection. Help us in delivering this tool to those in need. Together, we can make a difference.