Domestic Violence Coordinating Council organizes community event in Jasper County
HARDEEVILLE, SC -- The Jasper County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (JCDVCC) hosted an inaugural community program in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 10 at the Agape Family Life Center at 5855 S. Okatie Highway in the Levy community.
The event focused on awareness, support and education through first-person stories, performances and educational teachings.
“It’s important for the community to hear and learn about this topic. Many more people need to hear this message,” said Pastor Delores Young of the Greater Pentecostal Temple. The community center space was donated, thanks to Young.
South Carolina was rated as having the highest homicide rate among female victims killed by male offenders in 2013, according to a recent report from the Violence Policy Center. Across the country, a total of 1,530 women were murdered by a man they knew. Fifty-seven of those women lived here in the Palmetto State.
Members of the JCDVCC are comprised of representatives from the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA), the Jasper County Detention Center, the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and others.
Community Domestic Violence Coordinating Councils are facilitated by each judicial circuit’s solicitors, as mandated by the state’s recently-passed Domestic Violence Reform Act, signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley.
To learn more about Community Domestic Violence Coordinating Councils within Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton or Jasper counties, email Solicitor Duffie Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.