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Injury & Violence Prevention
Together we can prevent injuries

The mission of the Division of Injury and Violence Prevention (DIVP) is to prevent and reduce the occurrence of injury and violence that impacts the quality of life in South Carolina.

To achieve this mission the Division collaborates with a wide variety of public and private partners. By providing consultation, injury prevention activities and program development, communities can focus on education, enforcement, engineering and economic incentives through these collaborations. Currently the Division houses the following Injury and Violence Prevention and Surveillance programs and resources:

Injury Prevention Programs

  • Child Passenger Safety - provides education and instruction to parents and caregivers on the proper use and installation of child passenger seats and assists at car safety seat check-up events.
  • Residential Fire Prevention - provides education and installation of smoke alarms to targeted groups in partnership with local fire departments, State Fire Marshall's office, and DHEC regional health offices.
  • Disabilities and Health Project - focuses on disability issues, most notably the prevention/reduction of barriers to access, and partners with numerous advocacy groups, individuals with disabilities, and representatives from other state agencies and organizations.
  • Injury Prevention Resource - provides information on the South Carolina Injury Free Alliance (SCIFA).  A list of the division's community partners' websites are also provided.

Injury Surveillance Systems

  • Addresses the traumatic brain injury problem in South Carolina.
  • Seeks to improve knowledge about the magnitude of the problem of injuries statewide, their causes, and the risk factors.
  • Publishes "2010 SC Status of Injury Data Report" and the “South Carolina Injury County Profile,” which addresses the total burden of injuries affecting South Carolinians.

South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System

State Child Fatality Review Advisory Committee

  • The State Child Fatality Advisory Committee (SCFAC) examines each case of unexpected and unexplained child death in South Carolina. Motor vehicle crashes are not reviewed as they are investigated by the the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. By reviewing the circumstances and actions surrounding a child's death, effective community responses to the prevention of child fatalities may be determined. The SCFAC program coordinator is housed in the Division of Injury and Violence Prevention.
  • Child death review teams are a multi-agency, multidisciplinary team of local, regional and key state professionals established to examine each case of child death and develop more effective community responses to prevent child deaths.

For additional information contact:
Division of Injury and Violence Prevention
SC DHEC
Owens Goff, Division Director
1800 St. Julian Place
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: 803-545-4330
Fax: 803-545-4503