October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

October 2011



2nd Annual CODA 3K Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Based on the incidence of women murdered by men, the Violence Policy Center recently ranked South Carolina number seven in the nation.  Attorney General Alan Wilson calls domestic violence South Carolina's "number one crime issue."

The theme of CODA's first 3K Domestic Violence Awareness walk in 2010  was "Get Off the Bench and Into the Game"—an exhortation to community members to publicly demonstrate their commitment to ending domestic violence. This year, CODA's second walk will be part of Port Royal's Festival of the Sea, October 15. In keeping with the festival's pirate theme, participants are asked to leap out out of their comfortable deck chairs,  collectively "Walk the Plank" and raise awareness of the domestic violence plaguing our community and state.  

Many of your neighbors have already registered for this free event which will be followed by the Festival of the Sea's music, fun and good food.  We look forward to seeing  you there—in purple, with signs of support and commitment!  



You Are Invited: 25th Anniversary Celebration!

CODA invites the community to a celebration of its 25th anniversary to thank those who have helped us in our mission to support victims of domestic violence. Drop by and visit us at the Rhett House Inn, November 3 at 5:00 p.m. 

What's Happening in October?

Domestic Violence Awareness Month events will take place throughout October in the four counties served by CODA—Jasper, Colleton, Hampton and Beaufort. In addition to vigils, pledge signings and professional trainings, the "Clothesline Project,"  a display of victims/survivor art will  be hung in various public spaces across the region.

To see a schedule of the month's events, go to: www.codalowcountry.org/events.

Why Purple Ribbons?

Close to twenty years ago, people in scattered communities across the nation began displaying purple ribbons as a visible gesture of support for survivors and victims of domestic violence. Since then, families and friends have adopted the ribbon to remember and honor loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of persons they once loved and trusted.

In addition to demonstrating support for victims and survivors, displaying purple ribbons throughout a community conveys a powerful message that there is no place for domestic violence in the homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools of its citizens.
(From a publication of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence)


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