DARLINGTON, S.C. (WPDE) — In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, local advocacy groups came together to talk about how domestic violence victims have been affected during COVID-19.
Instead of their annual domestic violence awareness walk, organizers with the House of Refuge Ministry decided to hold an information session that anyone could attend.
Advocacy group leaders shared how the pandemic has affected their shelters and that domestic violence is at an all-time high.
Among the groups in attendance, The Naomi Project, Empowered to Heal, Lidia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Darlington County Victims advocate, and the Pee Dee Coalition were all there to speak on the struggles that victims are going through this year.
The founder of the House of Refuge Ministry says any help you can give will go a long way.
"Try to support whatever organization that is trying to help assist those victims of domestic violence," said Flowers.
Flowers went on to encourage those in domestic violence situations to please reach out.
The House of Refuge Ministry also announced they will be opening their new transitional home next week.