CODA commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse) is holding a number of events open to the public this October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. CODA encourages the community to get involved and to learn more about the impact of domestic violence by attending these events:

• The Clothesline Project, a display featuring T-shirts designed by domestic violence survivors, at the Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper county libraries during the month of October.

• Wedding Gown Project, a display featuring wedding dresses bearing witness to the fact that while many walk into marriage full of hope, the reality of domestic violence shatters their innocence.  The dresses are adorned with the names of those who have died at the hands of their partners in South Carolina from 2011-2012. These will be displayed in Hampton, Colleton and Jasper county courthouses during October.

• Beaufort High School football game Candlelight Vigil and Awareness Event (October 4 at 7:30 p.m.).

• Ridgeland/Hardeeville High School football game Candlelight Vigil and Awareness Event (October 25, 7:30 p.m.).

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. Visit www.codalowcountry.org to learn more about domestic violence and CODA’s services.