COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A 19-year-old Columbus State University student was shot and killed allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.
Last year in Columbus there were 22 homicides, and nearly half of them were related to domestic violence.
Those startling statistics were among those shared Thursday afternoon as an organization that helps victims of domestic violence held its annual fundraiser.
Hope Harbour's 7th annual Celebration of Hope creates awareness about domestic violence and raises money to provide help and a "safe haven" for women and children who are victims.
"Last year we provided services for over 800 victims, whether they come into the shelter or need a safe place to stay and need outreach services. it will also help us provide community services events, and training & education," Jennifer Peters, Programs Director
The Keynote speaker for the luncheon was New York Times Best selling author Leslie Morgan Steiner, who's book "Crazy Love" takes you inside her violent and abusive relationship.
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