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      Domestic violence program receives help from city leaders

      For almost a year, women and children who were victims of domestic violence had nowhere to go to get help in Horry County, but Myrtle Beach set up an umbrella organization to help the homeless, and out of that came Life Line.

      Life line is a program for domestic violence victims.

      "It's a really sad statistic that we've served over 35 women and children since we opened that shelter 5 weeks ago. I wish that wasn't the case. But, am I proud that we've done it and that we're there for them? Absolutely," said Chairman Mary Jo Rogers.

      At a news conference Wednesday morning, Mary Jo Rogers, who heads up the program, joined both Horry County and Myrtle Beach leaders to lay out future goals for the life line program.

      Some of them include working with more than 60 organizations to provide care, counseling and resources to put their lives back together.

      "The biggest piece of this is case management. Taking somebody from when they come into the shelter all the way through until they're living independently," Rogers added. "Sixty percent of the people that have come through Life Line so far have not been residents of Myrtle Beach, but from other areas of Horry County.

      Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes and Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus stood together at the news conference today, asking people in other municipalities to step up and support the cause.

      "Encourage your county councilman, encourage your city councilman to support this. It's a county wide issue. This is the only shelter in Horry County," Rogers said.

      The program is in need of monetary donations and you can send them to:

      P.O. Box 70217

      Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

      or call (843) 232-7055 to speak with a representative about items currently needed by the shelter.