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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Hopeful Horizons is planning awareness events throughout the four counties we serve: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper. In the US, one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

The community is invited to attend events planned for this month. For more information, please visit us at, Facebook or email

The Wedding Gown Project will be on display at Port Royal’s Buoy Park on London Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 3 from noon to 3 pm and the Contemplative Garden at Beaufort’s Waterfront Park on Friday, Oct. 9 from noon to 3 pm. The wedding dresses bear witness to the fact that, while many individuals walk into marriage full of hope, domestic violence shatters that innocence. The dresses are adorned with the names of

the victims in South Carolina who were killed by their intimate partner in the previous year. The names for 2019 will be released to the public at the Attorney General's Silent Witness Ceremony in October.

The community is encouraged to drive by to see the display.

Oct. 9 will also be “wear purple” day.

A Farmer's Market awareness table will be at the Bluffton farmers’ market on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 3 pm. Stop by to pick up a purple ribbon and find out how you can help in Hopeful Horizons’ mission to end domestic violence. Social distancing and mask guidelines will be followed.

The Beaufort Black Chamber of Commerce will host “The Culture of Violence,” in conjunction with Hopeful Horizons, on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6-7:30 pm. The community can join this presentation by contacting the Beaufort Black Chamber of Commerce.

Proclamations for October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be presented by County Councils for Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties.

Hashtags for October 2020:

#DVpeacebypiece (part of the DVAM campaign for SCCADVASA, our state association)

Hopeful Horizons encourages survivors and others to share their stories on social media with these hashtags and by tagging Hopeful Horizons. Survivors can also send their stories to Please limit your submission to 75-100 words in order for us to share the maximum number of stories.

Hopeful Horizons is a children's advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center that works to create safer communities by changing the culture of violence and offering a path to healing. The organization provides safety, hope and healing to survivors through evidence-based practices, outreach, prevention and education. Hopeful Horizons serves Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. For more information on the mission and vision of Hopeful Horizons, visit


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