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Peace and joy to all our friends!

December 2011


Marie Tate and Beaufort County Sheriff, P. J. Tanner

Tragedy 10 Years Ago Spurs Actions for Good

The 2002 shooting death of Lance Corporal Dana L. Tate, Sr remains a fresh wound for his widow, Marie. The Beaufort County Sheriff's deputy and his partner, Corporal Dyke “AJ” Coursen, were killed responding to a domestic violence call, forever changing the lives of their families.  Although her mourning continues, Marie's temperament and faith have dictated forgiveness for the perpetrator as well as a resolve to work toward ending domestic violence. 

Marie has become a member of CODA’s board of directors, contributing her talents and energies to  CODA development  and fundraising efforts. To better understand the role of law enforcement as well as the crime of domestic violence, she recently enrolled in Beaufort County Sheriff’s Citizen Police Academy from which she graduated November 15.  The academy’s curriculum is a community-oriented program designed to provide citizens with interactive training about law enforcement activity in Beaufort County.
In her talk to fellow graduates, Tate noted that 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the deputies and invited fellow graduates to attend the Tate/Coursen Memorial Walk/Run which will be held Saturday, January 7 at Beaufort Academy on Sams Point Road. Participants are encouraged to walk or run the track 10 times (5K) in memory of each year which has passed since the loss of the deputies.    
Registration will be at 9:00 a.m. and participants can do the 10 laps anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The event is co-sponsored by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and Beaufort Academy. Proceeds of the event will assist CODA as it continues its mission sheltering and supporting victims of domestic violence and working toward the goal of a violence-free community. For more information about the walk, call 524-8283 or go to

New Brochure Addresses Stalking

Stalking and harassment are under-reported crimes whose dangers are often underestimated.  While both men and women are stalked, women comprise 78% of stalking victims. Of those, 77% know the stalker and 59% are current or former intimate partners of the stalker. Incidents of stalking and harassment which begin at the end of an intimate relationship pose the most danger to the victim.  Not only does the stalker know the victim’s routines, but he/she may do anything to regain control of the relationship.
CODA has recently published a brochure which outlines the crimes of stalking and harassment as well as providing tips on prevention and remedies. The brochure is the 6th in CODA’s  informational library  which  covers the  topics of domestic violence, safety planning, CODA's services and CODA’s children’s and court advocacy programs.
To receive this new brochure or any CODA literature, please call 770-1074x225 or e-mail

It's December—Time Again for Jingle Jingle Run in Hilton Head!

It's a 20 year tradition! The Jingle Jingle 5K Run and Health Walk will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, December 17th on and around the Hilton Head Regional Medical Center Campus and Main Street.

Participants are asked to donate gift cards which are used to assist CODA's clients. People who donate items to CODA at the run will qualify to win a Holiday Gift Package valued at over $150.

The race features all standard male and female running divisions. Holiday prizes are presented to the top three overall male and female finishers, plus the top three in each age category will receive unique holiday awards.

For more info go to:

Thank you LOUD!

In our coverage of October's 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Walk in Port Royal, we failed to give credit to the organization which enabled walkers to present a color-cohesive message.  Jamie Fleming and Mackenzie McGrew of LOUD (Living Out Ur Dreams —a Beaufort  non-profit  empowering young people to reach their dreams  by building on their assets and potential)  donated a plethora of purple tee-shirts for the event. 

Fleming has been instrumental in helping plan past Domestic Violence Month Activities as well as increasing awareness of domestic and dating violence among youth and the extended community. We greatly appreciate his efforts as well as the donation.

To learn more about the great happenings at LOUD, check out "livingouturdreams" on Facebook.  

Dataw Stitchers Remember CODA Again!

Once more the Dataw "Stitchers"  used the occasion of their annual Christmas luncheon to help out with the (very practical) needs of CODA's shelter. Thank you!

Children's Playroom: Santas and Tree

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P.O. Box 1775
Beaufort, SC 29901


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