New domestic violence shelter opens in Oconee Co. - FOX Carolina 21

New domestic violence shelter opens in Oconee Co.

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Sen. Alexander speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (July 8, 2014/FOX Carolina) Sen. Alexander speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (July 8, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Sen. Alexander speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (July 8, 2014/FOX Carolina) Sen. Alexander speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (July 8, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a new domestic violence shelter in the county.

Safe Harbor's latest shelter will offer 24-hour emergency assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children.

More than $1,176,000 was raised in less than a year to fund the shelter's construction and staffing, plus three years of operating expenses.

At Tuesday's ceremony, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said, "Domestic violence is not only a law enforcement issue, it's a community issue."

"This shelter, the Safe Harbor house, is the independence for the victims of domestic violence... their safe place," Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, said at the event.

Many from the community were in attendance at the ceremony, which was held at Shaver Recreation Complex as locations of domestic violence shelters are not released to protect victims.

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