Women's Center kicks-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • Women's Center kicks-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Women's Center kicks-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

"Your presence here today is an indication of your willingness to get involved, and to help reduce the incidence of abuse in our community", said Kimika Louis, a Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Victim Advocate.

As it has for the past twenty years, the SC attorney general's office organized a silent witness ceremony on the grounds of the State House in downtown Columbia, S.C. this week to remember those who lost their lives due to domestic violence in the Palmetto State.

Cmdr. Hurd spoke of the importance of combating domestic violence as a community in his remarks at the event. "So coming out here, doing events like this.it brings more awareness to that subject and those people can come forward and ask for help".

Debra A. Greenwood, president and CEO, will join community leaders, including First Selectman Adam Dunsby and Police Chief Timothy Shaw, to speak to their hope that the statistics on domestic violence improve with continued dedication to protecting victims and educating the public about prevention.

Nancy Bryan Executive Director Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House
Nancy Bryan Executive Director Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House

Bennett called on those taking part in the vigil to pray for those who might be trapped in an abusive environment as well as caregivers and others who help them. It's okay if you are not ready but when you are there so much out there for you. It's estimated that one out of four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

She interns with the District Attorney's Office's Victim Witness Unit.

They released balloons in remembrance of those who lost their lives to violence.

In addition to purple lights hung throughout the area, LACASA will also hold its 21st Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil at 7pm tomorrow night.