Friday, March 29, 2013
April event aims to raise awareness and support for Safe Harbor in memory of the late Daniel Smith, a victim of domestic violence.
Gettys Middle School students are planning an event in memory of a student who lost his life to domestic violence last year. The “Run for 51” will be held in memory of Daniel Gabriel Smith, a 9th grader at Easley High School. Daniel and his mother Sandra Lee Michelle Smith Thomas were killed August 30, 2012 by Daniel's stepfather William D. Thomas, who then killed himself. Gettys Middle School Language Arts teacher Cindy Whittemore said Daniel's death effected her greatly. “I just thought that, because it effected me so much, maybe we could do something to partner with the high school, especially the ninth grade class, in memory,” she said. “Because the high school teachers didn't know Daniel as well as we did here, because he would have …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
"Fashion With A Passion" doubled the original fundraising goal for the non-profit dedicated to assisting those effected by domestic violence.
Safe Harbor, a Greenville-based organization that provides services and resources for those effected by domestic violence in Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Oconee Counties, received some $80,000 last week during a fundraiser in Greenville. "Fashion With A Passion" was held at the Poinsett Club on March 7, and featured fashion, food and a variety of entertainment, including both live and silent auctions. A runway show also showcased the latest Spring fashions from Monkees of the West End, Plaza Suite, Petals Boutique, Muse Shoe Studio, Wisteria Salon & Spa, Vestique, Coplons and the Safe Harbor Resale Shop. Two former Safe Harbor clients also shared their stories of hope and success with the audience. Former Safe Harbor client and …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
John Ludwig Jr. accused of hitting wife in 2011.
The Greenville business man, who avoided prison time after crashing his car into a home and killing a man inside, is expected to be in court next week. John Ludwig Jr. will appear this time on charges of criminal domestic violence beginning Monday. Ludwig, a former Furman University football player, 40, was arrested in November of 2011 when he allegedly threatened and struck his wife, Shannon. According to Greenville Police Department records, Ludwig had asked his wife to write a check for their mortgage during the argument. She told him that she would. The victim told police she then went up stairs to get ready to take a shower and the suspect came into the bathroom with her and was talking to his father on the phone. The victim told …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
MARY'S House responds to Travelers Rest Murder/Suicide
Editor's Note: MARY'S House officials have issued the following statement in response to the murder/suicide in Travelers Rest last week. Police say Dale Wetzelberger killed his wife Michele last Monday, then killed himself the following day. Our hearts are broken once again for families and a community mourning untimely deaths due to domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socio-economic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence destroys relationships but it doesn’t have to kill. Sometimes people are unaware that the relationship they are …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The event will include prayer, songs, and testimonies from surviving
domestic violence victims.
A community-wide prayer vigil has been planned for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Easley. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at 5 Point Church, Highway 93, in Easley. The event will include prayer, songs, and testimonies from surviving domestic violence victims. Other community vigils planned are: Last week, South Carolina was ranked as No. 2 in the country for domestic violence. On Monday, agencies that provide services for domestic violence victims, members of the law enforcement community and lawmakers gathered to help bring awareness to the month and to ask for help from the community in breaking the cycle of domestic violence. Mary's House, a local faith-based nonprofit organization providing emergency shelter services and…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Lawmakers urge the community to make a difference in putting a stop to domestic violence, by helping to report incidents of domestic violence.
South Carolina is No. 2. Unfortunately, it's not a ranking for which the state or its leaders want to be recognized.The Violence Policy Center released data Sept. 19 showing that the state is ranked the second highest in the country for domestic violence homicides. Monday was a day of reflection for Upstate Congressman Trey Gowdy (R, SC-4). As Gowdy drove from Spartanburg to Greenville Monday morning, the rain and the gloominess only seemed to add to the message that he would deliver on breaking the cycle of domestic violence. The notes Gowdy carried to the podium were laid to the side as he made a passionate appeal to those in attendance to put a face on domestic violence. Gowdy said as he passed the exit to Greer off Interstate 85, he …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Report comes on the heels of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
South Carolina is a deadly place for women. So says a new report out by the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center, which has ranked the state second in the entire nation in the rate of women killed by men. The state's murder rate was 1.94 per 100,000 according to the VPC report "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data". The annual VPC report details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. The study uses the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report and is released each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The 10 states with the highest…
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Jury found a Pickens man guilty after his second offense.
A Pickens man was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison for criminal domestic violence. A Pickens County jury found Harvey Dewayne Revis, 54, guilty of a second offense of criminal domestic violence, according to Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins. Judge J. Cordell Maddox, Jr., sentenced Revis to one year of incarceration and a $2,500 fine, suspended upon the service of 90 days. Revis also will serve three years of probation and need to complete the Batterer's Treatment Program. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Solicitor Sam Tooker.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
South Carolina joins Nevada and Louisiana in Top 10 states where men murder women.
The Violence Policy Center released a report on Tuesday that ranks South Carolina as No. 7 in the nation for states with high rates of murder of women by men. This is a slight up-tick from the previous report in 2010 that listed the state as No. 8. Nevada, with a rate of 2.70 per 100,000, ranked first for the second year in a row. South Carolina is at 1.79 per 100,000. The annual report "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data" details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. The study uses the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report and is released each year to coincide with …