COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Hundreds of people gathered here Wednesday to shed light on an issue many women know too well.
Around 16,000 Georgia citizens lost their lives from domestic violence between 2003 through 2016.
The Hope Harbour shelter reports that the most dangerous time frame for a victim is when they are leaving a violent relationship. Muscogee County is number two in the state for the number of homicides that stem from violent relationships
The keynote speaker was actress Robin Givens and she spoke out about the abuse she suffered, bringing awareness to the community.
“I think that you want to make whatever you go through matter and make a difference to others. To try to be a voice for people that don’t have a voice and to try to let other women know they are not alone,” said Givens
This fundraising event will help thousands of families affected by domestic violence in Muscogee County living at the Hope Harbour shelter for battered women and children.
“We provide all of their daily needs. We help them get on their feet, we help them get into counseling, we help them find jobs, we help them find child care. Our goal is to wrap them in services, so they are successful on their own when they get out of this relationship and live a life free from violence,” said Lindsey Reese, the executive director Hope for Harbour.
News Leader 9′s Barbara Gauthier was the Mistress of Ceremonies.
To reach Hope Harbour’s 24-hour hotline call (706) 324-3850.