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Center works to prevent violence
October is domestic violence awareness month nationwide, but Jacqueline Loggins, program manager for Hope House of the Glynn Community Crisis Center, says it takes more than one month to heal the wounds caused from violence at home.

The work is never done, she said.

In 2011, the Brunswick-based center received 658 calls for help, aided 333 families and offered 4,129 beds to people in need, Loggins said.

The crisis center program includes Amity House -- an emergency shelter for women who need to immediately leave abusive homes -- and outreach program services for victims who may need some help but don't need lodging. The outreach program includes 93 adults and nearly 40 children.

The crisis center program also includes Hope House, which provides domestic violence victims who have to leave their homes with an affordable place to live for up to two years while they get their lives in order.

Loggins said the crisis center makes an extra effort to reach out to the community during October.

"We focus a lot on our victims this month and do a lot of outreach with them," Loggins said.

Also on the front lines of domestic violence are police. Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said it's always an issue.

In the unincorporated area of Glynn County, domestic dispute calls were up 11 percent, from 98 calls in June 2011 to 109 in June this year, according to police records.

Doering noted, however, that calls for domestic disputes do not always involve violence and sometimes do not involve criminal activity.

He also said domestic violence is not always between husbands and wives or people who are romantically involved either.

"Abuse comes in many forms -- physical abuse and emotional abuse," Doering said. "Or a child not being provided sustenance through neglect. There's a whole host of things that can give rise to physical abuse between roommates, spouses, children or the elderly."

Regardless of the cause, funding programs designed to help domestic violence victims is always a concern. That's why center volunteers sponsor fundraisers like the first High Heels, High Hopes Fashion Show.

The fashion show raised $900 Friday to help the crisis center operate, according to Kellie Lauer, development coordinator for the crisis center.

"Not too bad for an inaugural event, and we are hoping to make it an annual event," Lauer said.

Proceeds will go toward paying the center's bills, helping clients file temporary protection orders and coming up with deposits for new homes.

Lauer said the crisis center auxiliary will host another fashion show Oct. 24 at the Frederica Boat House, which will be open to auxiliary members and their guests.

Help out

To contribute to the Glynn Community Crisis Center or join the auxiliary, call 254-1348 ext. 107 and ask for development coordinator Kellie Lauer, or visit the center's website at Auxiliary fees are $35 annually or $500 for a lifetime membership.

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