Awareness & Advocacy
"Safety Nett" was birthed out of the tragic loss of Marie Antionette Hill on March 14, 2021.
Her life, just like many others, was taken through an act of Domestic Violence. As a society, we like to talk about ways this could have been prevented. As an organization, we want to take action, and involve the community in a better response to domestic violence, by influencing better family communication, developing stronger habits of self-care, and fostering self-worth in individuals through one-on-one mentoring, group workshops, and community advocacy opportunities.
"A report by the state Domestic Violence Advisory Committee said South Carolina “ranks as the nation’s sixth-worst state” among rates of women murdered by men. The report says that the state’s “domestic-violence homicide rate” is more than 1.5 times the national average.
These numbers need to change. And as a community, we can make a difference.
On March 14, 2021
was unfairly taken away from all that loved her. She was a loving Daughter, Mother, and Friend. "Nett" was known to be available to those she loved, whenever they were in need. What we did not know was, that during her unselfish giving to those around her, she was fighting her own battle in silence. Nett's death was a result of Criminal Domestic Violence. Those that love her can not begin to understand why she kept her silence, but are determined to affect the community by being available to those who are enduring this internal struggle. As we advocate for the changes needed to protect these victims from their preditors, we plan to be compassionate and non-judgmental in handling the need of assistance. We want individuals that face Nett's struggle to know that they are not alone and that we are strengthening
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. It may be termed intimate partner violence when committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. Domestic violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It takes a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse such as choking, beating, female genital mutilation, and acid throwing that results in disfigurement or death. Domestic murders include stoning, bride burning, honor killings, and dowry deaths.