October is not only the true sign of fall, it is also the month set aside to focus and learn about the women (and some men) who are living in fear and pain dealing with domestic violence.
Tierra Cash, coordinator/advocate for the Pee Dee Coalition’s Chesterfield County satellite center says the agency assists women, men, children and families throughout the Pee Dee region. The center offers programs and services for domestic violence, child abuse and sexual abuse.
“Last year, we assisted a total of 624 domestic violence and sexual victims across the Pee Dee Region consisting of women, children and men,” she said. “We have two shelters in anonymous locations. One shelter assisted about 4,123 victims (women and children) across the the Pee Dee region and the other 1,227 victims (women and children) across the Pee Dee region.”
She also noted that South Carolina is currently ranked No. 1 in violent crimes against women and has been ranked in the top 10 for the past 18 years.
Employees of Care South Carolina dressed in their purple best on Oct. 2 to raise awareness of domestic violence and show solidarity with its victims. Sandhill Medical Staff in McBee are planning to take their turn in purple Friday, Oct. 9.
Victims of domestic violence in Cheraw and Chesterfield County can utilize Pee Dee Coalition, a United Way partner agency, for help and resources. They can call the Chesterfield County office during the hours of 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 843-623-7364.
After hours, help is still just a phone call away. The 24-hour crisis line is available at 843-669-4600 or 1-800-273-1820.
The agency also offers education for the community as well, holding programs throughout the region.
A presentation on parent education and parent support is planned for 10 a.m. today 10 a.m. in Chesterfield. The Pee Dee Coalition will also give a presentation at Chesterfield High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
The last presentation for the month will be at noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Chesterfield Housing Authority.
For more information, contact Cash at 843-623-7364.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.