October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 5, 2015 at 4:47 pm

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition along with the Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Spartanburg County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Spartanburg County Department of Social Services, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and Spartanburg Police Department will honor past and present victims/survivors of domestic violence at the 18th Annual Silent Witness Vigil on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 5:00 – 6:00p.m. The event will take place at Daniel Morgan Square on Main Street in Spartanburg.

In the United States, millions of people, most often women and children, are affected by domestic violence each year. Newly released Violence Policy Center statistics state that per capita, South Carolina ranks 1st in number of homicides committed by an intimate and has some of the highest rates of violent crime in the United States. Statewide, the upstate finds itself with high rankings as well. In 2014, SAFE Homes –Rape Crisis Coalition assisted 6046 families and children with domestic violence services; including sheltering 328 women and children.

Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of employment or educational level, race or ethnic background, religion, marital status, physical ability, age, or sexual orientation. In a survey conducted by Lieberman Research, Inc., 82% of Americans said they would do something to reduce domestic violence if they knew what to do. SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition and its community partners urge you to attend the Vigil and find out more about the problem and how to help in our community!

Please show your support by attending this ceremony with your children, family, and friends. Let victims/survivors of domestic violence, their loved ones, and service providers know that our community cares! SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition is a private, non-profit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties and assists victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. For more information, please call (864) 583-9803.