ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office is holding a wreath-laying ceremony marking October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says officers gather Monday morning for a ceremony to honor the seven victims of domestic violence in the county last year.
Ravenell says a series of events will be held throughout the month the bring attention to the problem.
The sheriff says "Paint the County Purple Week" is being held Oct. 21 through Oct. 25. He is asking all residents to light their doors and porches with purple light bulbs in memory of the victims of the violence. The bulbs are being made available by a local hardware store.
Local churches are holding educational workshops. Hair salons, barbershops and restaurants are making information available about the issue for residents.