COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects every community.
Georgia is ranked twelfth in the nation for women who are killed by men and is first in the nation in teen dating violence.
In 2015, more than 3,000 cases of domestic violence were reported to police in Muscogee County.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this week a Columbus organization that helps victims of domestic violence held its annual luncheon.
Hope Harbour's Celebration of Hope luncheon, held Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, featured Vince and Barbara Dooley as the keynote speakers.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Harbour and the victims of domestic violence and their children that the agency serves.
Last year, Hope Harbour sheltered 371 women and children, 153 victims received services through the Outreach Program, 1,103 crisis calls were answered, and 84 victims were placed in a hotel for safety.
The emergency shelter has stayed full for the last three years and recently increased its bed space to meet the growing need of victims needing shelter in the valley area.
The Celebration of Hope will raise funds that the organization says are desperately needed to provide support and services for victims of domestic violence.