Domestic violence is focus of York County victims meeting

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 25, 2014 

— A woman who survived domestic violence and escaped an abusive relationship will speak to relatives of York County’s 2013 victims of violent crimes during the Victim’s Rights Coalition’s annual awareness ceremony on Saturday.

The York County Victim’s Rights Coalition started to give a voice to those who fell victim to murder, and provide support to their loved ones left behind. Saturday’s gathering at the Impact Community Church at 5155 Old York Road in Newport is the group’s sixth meeting.

This year’s speaker will focus on domestic violence to help bring awareness to South Carolina’s troubling number of cases involving violence against women, said Joan Harris, a sexual assault prevention specialist at Safe Passage in Rock Hill.

Last year South Carolina ranked worst in the nation among states in domestic violence-related deaths.

During the ceremony, attendees will read the names of people who died as a result of homicide in 2013 in York County. Family members will receive flowers in their loved one’s honor. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

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