CODA Holding Annual Meeting; Invites public to learn of its progress in 2015

CODA – Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse – will hold its annual meeting and panel discussion January 25, beginning at 6 PM at the Palmetto Electric Cooperative Community Room, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

CODA’s annual meeting will feature a panel of elected officials who will provide an update on the Domestic Violence Reform Act and other activities to curtail the epidemic of domestic violence in South Carolina. Panel members include State Representative Shannon Erickson, SC Assistant Attorney General Megan Gresham, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and Jasper County Sheriff Gregory Jenkins. Attendees will also learn about CODA’s accomplishments over the past year. A question and answer session will be provided, time permitting.

The Violence Policy Center ranked South Carolina #1 in the nation in 2015 for the rate of women murdered by men, citing the fact that 70% of the victims were current or former intimate partners of the offenders.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced physical violence, rape, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

Since 1986, CODA has been helping survivors of domestic abuse break the cycle of abuse and build new lives for themselves and their families. Over the years, CODA has grown from a hotline and emergency shelter to offer a continuum of free services available in shelter and in the community including counseling, case management, legal services, transitional housing and community education. CODA relies on grants and donations to provide all of these critical services free of charge.

Please visit http://www.codalowcountry.org/  to learn more about domestic violence and CODA’s services.