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Ride against domestic violence raises more than $3,000

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Bikers from all across the Lowcountry came together Sunday for the Brothers Helping Sisters ride against domestic violence. They raised more than $3,000.

The Old Coots on Scoots Chapter 70 riding club partnered with the domestic violence group My Sister's House in hopes of raising money and awareness.

Steve Heinz, President of Old Coots on Scoots said, "That kind of senseless abuse just doesn't need to be happening out there."

Riders and their passengers paid to take part in the ride with all the money going to My Sister's House.

"It is time for our community to rally together and support the fight against domestic violence," said Linley Branham, Director of Development for My Sister's House.

They say every effort is important because for some, domestic violence is a matter of life and death

Heinz said, "We've got a couple of members in the group that have been in situations involving domestic violence and it's very important to them."

Branham says South Carolina is 2nd in the nation for the number of women murdered by men. 95% of those homicides are related to domestic violence.

"So it really is a problem in our state. We've been in the top 10 for decades now and unfortunately the numbers are not getting better. We are looking at either staying at number 2 or possibly being number 1," said Branham.

Riders started at the Lowcountry Harley Davidson and continued around to 8 area restaurants.

Although the Old Coots on Scoots riding club is coed, they believe it's important to show that men also support the fight against domestic violence.

Branham said, "I think domestic violence is sometimes looked at a women's issue but it's not, it's a family issue. It involves men as well and we have to get the entire community behind our mission to make a difference."

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