Domestic Violence Public Forum

January 10, 2013

Press Release from the United Way of Oconee County:

Join us as the United Way of Oconee County, in partnership with Safe Harbor, holds a public meeting to discuss and answer questions concerning domestic violence in Oconee County. This meeting is open to the public and will take place at the United Way Center (409 E. North 1st St., Seneca SC) in downtown Seneca on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. FREE Childcare services will also be provided.

The United Way of Oconee County and representatives from Safe Harbor will be joined by local officials and representatives from law enforcement to identify domestic violence, where to go in our community for help, and how you can help someone experiencing violence. There will also be an update and information on establishing a safe shelter in Oconee County.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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