Thursday, July 24, 2014
In celebration and promotion of women’s health, wellness and safety, a Murrells Inlet law office held a women’s safety event during its grand opening July 18.
Employees at Goldfinch Winslow, LLC, said the law office chose to host a women’s safety event as a grand opening celebration because women’s issues are at the core of their business.
“Absolutely, women’s issues are incredibly important to a family-run law office,” said paralegal Amanda Long.
“We want to promote women. In handling divorce, custody, domestic violence, it’s crucial a law office like ours support women’s issues.”
The event featured a barbeque, live music and eight women’s health vendors for attendees to learn about women’s services offered in the area.
SC Wellness and Fitness Center staff were on-hand to invite attendees to free women’s self-defense classes held the first Wednesday of every month.
“Self-defense classes have been getting more popular, especially since the Heather Elvis abduction. Everybody thinks ‘it won’t happen to me,’” said instructor Katie Forrest. “But we’re starting to see more people taking advantage of it.”
She said the SC Wellness and Fitness Center is the only karate studio in the Grand Strand that offers self-defense classes from a woman.
“It’s a comfortability thing,” Forrest said.
“I teach them, but then we also have a male instructor come in and work with the women so they can practice.”
In addition to karate, the center also offers counseling, nutrition counseling and massage therapy.
The Family Justice Center was also represented at the event.
“I’m impressed with this event,” said Beverly Kennedy, co-executive director. “Public education events like this are so important, because women’s issues affect everyone.”
The center offers an extensive domestic violence program in Georgetown County that is free and confidential.
South Carolina ranks first in the nation for the number of women killed by men annually, she said.
Services at the center include safety planning, court advocacy and support groups for women and their children. Still, Kennedy said it’s common women in the area have never heard of the Family Justice Center and its free services.
Other vendors included the Rape Crisis Center of Horry County and the Coastal Protective Services. The event lasted from 12 to 4 and included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.