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Pee Dee Coalition: 'Issues of domestic violence don't just happen in October'

The Pee Dee Coalition pushes a little harder during the month of October as it is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month. (Tonya Brown/WPDE)

The Pee Dee Coalition has been working tirelessly in the community for more than 20 years to spread the message of domestic violence awareness.

The organization pushes a little harder during the month of October as it is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month.

"Issues of domestic violence don't just happen in October. They happen all year long. And our mission as a non-profit, volunteer driven organization, is to attend the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. And to work to prevent them all year long," said Jami Beams with the Pee Dee Coalition.

South Carolina ranks at number five in the nation when it comes to the number of women killed by men, according to the Violence Policy Center.

Coalition officials said no one has to stay in an abusive situation, because there's help.

"Awareness to be brought to the community that women and men need to know that they have choices. There's the transitional shelter. New Beginnings transitional shelter is an option for women to know that they do have somewhere to go," said Janice Hamlin with the Pee Dee Coalition.

Hamlin said New Beginnings Transitional Shelter is located in the Wallace community of Marlboro County.

A fundraiser will take place for the transitional shelter next Thursday night to help raise money to continue to house women in need.

The organizations website says the fundraiser is called An Evening Among the Oaks, A Celebration of Love and a Call to Rebuild.

You can find out more about the fundraiser by clicking here.

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