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Pee Dee Coalition reacts to fatal domestic-related shooting

December 11, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Pee Dee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Assault released a statement Monday afternoon in the aftermath of a domestic-related shooting that claimed two lives early in the day

“Domestic violence happens in every community in the nation,” the statement said. “It is not something people like to talk about or discuss in mixed company, but it is an important discussion to have. Every 18 seconds, a person is beaten by their spouse or significant other.”

Nina Tamara Edwards, 48, of Lake View, and Ronald Patrick Edwards, 48, of Lake View, died in the shooting in a parking lot outside the McLeod Medical Plaza.

According to the Pee Dee Coalition, both domestic violence victims and offenders can be any age, race, ethnic group, or fit into any socio-economic status.

“There is a clear cycle of violence and it starts with tension building in a person or couple,” the nonprofit’s statement said. “From there, the abuse takes place and then apologies, excuses, and amends occur after the abuse. Domestic violence can take many forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, destruction of property, and stalking.”

The numbers speak for themselves, the statement continued.

“If you are victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, know there is help. Pee Dee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Assault is here for you.”

The Pee Dee Coalition covers all counties of the Pee Dee.

“If you need help during business hours, please visit on of our crisis centers or call us at 843-669-4694,” the statement said. “We welcome walk-ins. If after-hours, please call our 24-hour crisis line at 800-273-1820. It is the belief of the Pee Dee Coalition that the reduction of domestic violence is a community issue and concerns the total community – not only women, not only service providers.”