A Jackson woman charged with criminal domestic violence is accused of striking her boyfriend in the head with a meat cleaver after he allegedly threatened her with a machete, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.


Kali Nicole Gore, 35, of Forest Drive, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. She was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where she remained on Tuesday afternoon.


Officers arrived at the home on Forest Drive at about 12:10 a.m. Friday and found the 35-year-old victim being treated by paramedics, according to a sheriff’s report. The victim was bleeding from the head and told officers his girlfriend struck him on the forehead with a meat cleaver during an argument.


Gore told officers she had been arguing with the victim and that he was “acting very foolishly,” police said.


He reportedly grabbed a rusty machete and pushed Gore down into a chair. Gore said he was on top of her, and she grabbed “an unknown object” and hit him in the head.


Gore said the victim then fell on the floor and was “bleeding very badly from his head,” the report stated. She rendered aid to him with a wash cloth.


Gore apparently waited 45 minutes after the incident to call police, and told officers she called them because her boyfriend’s family members “were putting her stuff outside to kick her out of the house,” according to the report.


She said she hit the victim “with whatever she could grab out of self-defense.”


Gore had several cuts and bruises on her body, police said.


The victim told officers he did nothing to Gore, the report stated. They had been living together for about two years.


Officers later found two machetes on the scene. Investigators were unable to determine who the primary aggressor was.


The victim was transported by a family member to a hospital. Police will seek a warrant for his arrest for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.