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    Silent victims of domestic violence speak in death

    Silent victims of domestic violence speak in death

    Photo By Cpl. Sarah Cherry | South Carolina's silent victims of domestic violence during 2013 are represented in...... read more read more

    BEAUFORT, SC, UNITED STATES

    12.11.2014

    Story by Cpl. Sarah Cherry 

    Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

    BEAUFORT, S.C. - In the behavioral health branch hall of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort stand cutouts representing South Carolina’s silent victims of domestic violence throughout 2013.

    “If you look down this hall and read these stories, you’ll see the stories of people you know; mother, brother, next door neighbor,” said Ginny Westcott, Family Advocacy Program prevention trainer.

    There were 46 people killed by their partner in South Carolina in 2013. Of the victims, 38 were female and eight were male.

    “South Carolina ranks number one in the nation for women killed by their male partners,” said Westcott. “Our numbers for the Tri-Command are holding steady, not going down.”

    Domestic violence includes intimidation, physical and sexual assault, and emotional abuse. Violence within family units can impact any community and individual regardless of race, gender or orientation.

    “It’s something we need to recognize as a military community,” said Westcott. “We don’t want to see any of our military family listed.”

    The state of South Carolina implanted the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women program to prosecute domestic violence and train related government entities on causes, consequences and laws regarding domestic violence.

    The Marine Corps and the Air Station have a variety of resources to help prevent and confront domestic violence, including resources that victims may contact anonymously if they choose. These include the family advocacy program, Marine Corps Family Team Building and military OneSource.
    Service members are invited to walk through the behavioral health branch hallway to read the stories of victims.

    For more information call 228-6126.

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    Date Taken: 12.11.2014
    Date Posted: 12.11.2014 15:13
    Story ID: 150088
    Location: BEAUFORT, SC, US 

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