#PurpleThursday For Domestic Violence Awareness

Posted on October 27, 2017

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On Thursday, October 19th, our staff around the state wore purple to raise awareness about domestic violence and to show support for and solidarity with the survivors.  Domestic violence remains a pressing issue in South Carolina, and domestic violence cases make up a large portion of the cases we handle at South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS).

SCLS currently has 11 attorneys and 9 paralegals working under the Victims of Crime Act Grant (VOCA).  They assist domestic violence survivors and their families with an array of civil legal needs.  So far this year alone, the VOCA staff assisted 759 domestic violence survivors.  This number does not include the 278 survivors that were helped with divorces and orders of protection by non-VOCA staff.

This October, specifically, SCLS staff led, conducted and participated in a number of outreach and training events to raise public awareness of this important issue.  Here are some of the events: Domestic Violence Forum (Greenville), Domestic Violence Church Event – “From Tragedy to Triumph” (Florence), Silent Witness Vigil for Victims of Domestic Violence (Spartanburg), Trunk or Treat for Victims of Domestic Violence (Rock Hill), Strategies and Tools to Assist Survivors with Disabilities (Columbia), Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Charleston).  At these events, the public also had a chance to learn more about SCLS and the services we offer to survivor of domestic violence.

If you are a survivor of abuse, or know someone who is, know that there is hope and help available.  Contact SCLS’ statewide telephone intake service at 1-888-346-5592, Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm, or access our free online application to see if you qualify for our services: https://www.lawhelp.org/sc/online-intake.

 

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