October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Hopeful Horizons – a children’s advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center – has scheduled local events to raise awareness.
One in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. In the Violence Policy Center report on “When Men Murder Women,” released in September, South Carolina is 11th in the nation when it comes to men killing women.
The Wedding Gown Project will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Contemplative Garden at the Beaufort Waterfront Park. The gowns feature names of victims killed in the past two years in incidences of domestic violence in South Carolina. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple for domestic violence awareness.
On Zoom, “Engaging Men & Boys in Prevention of Domestic Violence: A Virtual Community Conversation” will be conducted by Zeta Phi Beta’s Zeta Male Network at 7 p.m. Oct. 14. The Zoom Meeting ID is: 884 2569 6235; the password is: 984359.
The Bluffton Farmers’ Market will include an Awareness Booth from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 in Old Town Bluffton.
For more information on domestic violence awareness and what one can do to prevent it, visit hopefulhorizons.org.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 843-770-1070 or 800-868-2632, which are 24-hour support lines.