July 2011

CODA Partners with Law Enforcement

As part of its efforts to battle domestic violence and reach out to victims,  CODA staff regularly meets with new Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputies, providing insight into the crime of domestic violence, South Carolina law, methods by which first responders can determine a primary aggressor and the many ways CODA can assist the victims deputies encounter in the line of duty. In a June training, CODA's Denise Collins (on left) is joined by (left to right) deputies Jose Garcia, Sally Irvin, Benjamin Squires, Todd Duncan and Investigator Sergeant Prince Norton.  
Collins emphasizes that if the level of violence does not warrant arrest, the deputies can still refer victims to CODA where emotional, verbal, sexual and financial abuse – not merely physical abuse – are criteria for becoming a CODA client. Early intervention in abusive situations can deter future violence, asserts Collins.
According to Sergeant Norton, “It takes a collaborative effort to combat criminal domestic violence and we understand that knowledge is a key component of that effort.  Ensuring that the newly hired deputies of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office have a thorough understanding of what resources are available  to victims of domestic violence  is one of the many critical steps we take to assist and protect victims.”

Hampton County  — Commited to Success

To better assist victims with resources and increase awareness of its services, CODA is a member of many collaboratives in its four county area. The Hampton County Interagency Community Coalition (HCICC) affords its member organizations opportunities to problem-solve and share resources.

Pictured above are members of the HCICC at their June meeting. The group acknowledged the frightening reality of ongoing domestic violence as they noted with sadness the May 22nd murder of Hampton resident, Masako Yamiguchi Miller, 34. Ms Miller was allegedly killed by the father of her children – the first death by domestic violence in the county this year.

You Can't Say "No" to Barbara!

When CODA recently alerted friends to the shelter’s  dire need for paper products, volunteer Barbara Yergens took action. She is pictured above with donations from her church, St. Mark’s. She also secured substantial donations from Walgreens on Lady’s Island as well as her neighbors. Thanks for  your efforts, Barbara,  as well as for the generous responses of  the donors you approached.

Selling on eBay?

eBay is allowing sellers to contribute a portion of their proceeds to the organization of their choice through a program called eBay Giving Works. CODA is now a registered charity in the program.
When setting up your listing, go to the charity directory, select “CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse)” and designate the percentage of the proceeds you wish to donate. Your listing will have an eBay Giving Works ribbon on it so that the philanthropically motivated may be more interested in purchasing from you.
To reward you, at the time of the sale, Giving Works will not only pass on your donation  to CODA but also credit back your insertion and final value fees by the percentage you selected to donate.
You can track your giving, get tax receipts and explore other cool features.  To learn more about the program and how to support CODA in a meaningful but painless way, go to: http://www.ebaygivingworks.com/sell.html.


Sidewalk Art

Although it’s tragic that children must flee abusive situations to find shelter at CODA with their moms, the children are often relieved to be free of the violence and enjoy their participation in CODA’s children’s program. A recent resident evidenced her attitude in a colorful chalk drawing depicting herself, her mom and sister. Incorporated in the design was “I love Paula,” (CODA’s children’s counselor).


Encouraging Indicators

For too long, domestic violence has been regarded by many of us as a private matter in which we should not become involved. Outdated attitudes may be changing, however. Recently CODA has been invited to give presentations to organizations in the hope of reaching a specific employee or student whom colleagues fear may be in an abusive relationship – evidence that we are beginning to see abuse as a community plague to be eradicated, not ignored.  To arrange a presentation tailored for your organization, call 770-1074x225.



If you’ve missed any of the articles about CODA in local publications, link to them at www.codalowcountry.org/codanews.

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