CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department Family Violence Program is reaching out to Lowcountry churches as part of an initiative to provide clothing to victims of domestic violence.
"Sweat Suit Sunday" is a new program aimed at providing victims of domestic violence and sexual assaults fresh clothing to wear when they leave the hospital after an incident. Police say often times when they arrive at the hospital to interview and transport the victims, the women have nothing to wear home.
Churches are taking up donations of sweat suits and other relaxed fit clothing, which are then collected by the department's Family Violence Program.
Clothing of all sizes is needed and will be collected throughout the month at participating churches. Some currently collecting clothing include New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church, Wallingford Presbyterian Church and Greater St. Luke AME Church.
Although the drive is geared toward churches, any organization interested in participating is urged to call Catrice Smalls, Domestic Violence Coordinator for the police Department at 843-720-2425 or 843-901-3736.