CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse) is supporting a number of events this October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to encourage the community to get involved and to learn more about the impact of domestic violence by attending these events. The following events are all open to the public:
- Farmer’s Market awareness tent (Port Royal – October 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
- Candlelight Vigil and Awareness Event – Beaufort High School football game October 30 at 7:30 pm.
- The Clothesline Project, a display featuring t-shirts designed by domestic violence survivors, at the Beaufort County libraries during all of October.
Whether we realize it or not, we all know someone who has experienced domestic violence. By attending these events, the community will show support for survivors, mourn those who have lost their lives and send a message that we must work together to stop domestic violence in the Lowcountry.
CODA has been providing an array of services to victims of intimate partner abuse and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties for more than 29 years. In 2014, CODA assisted 665 survivors of domestic violence, including:
- A total of 172 individuals of which 87 were adult women and 85 were children accessed safe shelter for a total of 4,906 nights.
- 544 adult and child survivors who received outreach services such as counseling, case management, and legal assistance
- 26 women and children who received transitional housing through CODA’s Safe At Home program.