October - 31 Days of Awareness

August 24, 2011

One out of every four women in the United States reports that they have been physically abused by a partner.  Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women, and it affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, educational backgrounds, and income levels.

Domestic Violence affects our world, our nation, and our local community.  Here are the reported domestic violence statistics from SLED for our 4-County service area.

2010 Reported Criminal Events

(includes instances of aggravated assault, simple assault, & intimidation)

Anderson County – 1,169

Greenville County – 2,646

Oconee County – 341

Pickens County – 633

TOTAL: 4,819

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Join us in Safe Harbor’s “31 Days of Domestic Violence Awareness” as we work to raise awareness about this issue in our local communities.  Please plan to drop by the awareness events in your area:

Online Awareness Campaign – Check out Safe Harbor’s Facebook and Twitter pages each day throughout the month of October to learn important information about domestic violence and how you can join us in raising awareness throughout the month of October.

Friday, October 7, 12-2pm – Domestic Violence Awareness Display at Main St. Plaza by Falls Park in downtown Greenville – Join us as we raise awareness about domestic violence with Safe Harbor materials, Domestic Violence facts and stats, the Clothesline Project, free giveaways, and a powerful display of artwork created by a domestic violence survivor. 

Tuesday, October 11 – “Helping Hands Day” at Sticky Fingers – Eat at Sticky Fingers in Greenville (Main Street/Downtown location only) for lunch or dinner and tell your server you’re a supporter of Safe Harbor.  The server will provide you with two receipts, and you’ll place one of them in the “helping hands” bucket.  At the end of the day, Sticky Fingers will total all receipts in the bucket and donate 10% of that total to Safe Harbor.      

Friday, October 14, 5-9pm – Domestic Violence Awareness Display at Anderson Mall – Join us at the main entrance to the Anderson Mall on Clemson Blvd. as we raise awareness about domestic violence with Safe Harbor materials, Domestic Violence facts and stats, free giveaways, and more. 

Wednesday, October 19, 7-9pm – “Charity Dinner Night” at the Tiki Hut Lakeside Grill on Lake Keowee in Seneca.  The Tiki Hut will be hosting a Charity Dinner Night for Safe Harbor from 7-10pm.  Enjoy a free Italian dinner, and make a donation to Safe Harbor in lieu of dinner costs.  We’ll also be raising awareness about domestic violence with Safe Harbor materials, Domestic Violence facts and stats, the Clothesline Project, free giveaways, and a powerful display of artwork created by a survivor. 

Thursday, October 20, 5-8pm – Safe Harbor Happy Hour Night at Soby’s – Come to Soby’s for drinks, appetizers, and dinner on October 20!  Safe Harbor supporters will serve as bartenders for the evening to raise awareness about the issue of Domestic Violence, and 20% of drink sales will benefit Safe Harbor. 

Friday, October 21, 11am-3pm – Domestic Violence Awareness Display at Haywood Mall in Greenville – Join us as we raise awareness about domestic violence with Safe Harbor materials, Domestic Violence facts and stats, giveaways, and a powerful display of artwork created by a domestic violence survivor. 

Friday, October 28, 11:30am-1:30pm – Awareness Cook-Out at Safe Harbor Administrative Offices– We’ll wrap up our 31 Days of Domestic Violence Awareness with a free lunch for all.  Please join us in the parking lot of the Safe Harbor Administrative Offices (429 North Main St. in Greenville) for burgers & hot dogs and information about how you can help us to continue to raise awareness about the issue of Domestic Violence throughout the year. 

Saturday, October 29 – Safe Harbor “Links of Hope” Golf Tournament – The second annual Links of Hope Golf Tournament will be held October 29, 2011 at the Trails of Chickasaw Point in Westminster, SC. All proceeds will benefit Safe Harbor in Oconee County.  Our major sponsor, Leader Ford, will not only be doing a Hole in One car again this year. They will also be sponsoring an exciting $1,000,000 Shoot Out for 5 lucky participants drawn randomly the day of the event. 25 other lucky entrants may be drawn for a $10,000 putting contest. Please visit www.golfthetrails.com for information about the tournament and to get a copy of the registration form for you and your team.  For questions, contact Bobby King at 864-972-9623 OR thetrailsproshop@bellsouth.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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