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Dozens walk to end domestic violence in Darlington

In an effort to raise awareness for domestic violence victims, both men and women, House of Refuge outreach ministry had a one step at a time domestic violence walk in downtown Darlington.

The Violence Policy Center ranks South Carolina fifth in the nation for woman murdered by men.

In an effort to raise awareness for domestic violence victims, both men and women, House of Refuge outreach ministry had a one step at a time domestic violence walk in downtown Darlington.

Venus Daughtry says she just got out of the abusive relationship she was in for 15 years.

"I just decided to take my life back. This change has given me more power more strength no more crying," Daughtry said.

She and other domestic violence survivors and supporters marched around Darlington to make their voices heard.

"Community just gathering together unifying and raising the awareness," Tonya Flowers, with House of Refuge, said.

This year the Darlington County Special Victims Unit has over 500 domestic violence cases.

"Through the county were still dealing with you know people who think it’s OK to put their hands on a person and it’s not," Lt. Larry Stivender, with the SVU, said.

The crowd held up silhouettes to represent the victims that lost their lives to domestic violence.

Daughtry and Flowers advice to victims is to find someone to talk to.

"Reach out because they’re never alone and I just want them to know that we’re there for them," Flowers said.

"I could’ve been one of the silhouette myself. So, I tell everybody don’t take don’t take it all alone you know have courage get empowered, talk to someone," Daughtry said.

If you’re a victim, or know someone who needs help you can reach out to House of Refuge here.

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