CLOVER, SC (WJZY) – A woman shopping at a Food Lion supermarket in Clover, SC has been found unharmed after leaving a note at the cashier asking for help.
The incident took place Thursday, the York County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. The woman, who appeared to be in distress when she handed the note over, said she feared being hurt by the man she was with.
She then left with the man, police said.
The cashier and the management team contacted the authorities shortly thereafter. The York County Sheriff’s Office then issued an alert containing the woman’s photo.
The woman was later found safe and sound and investigators said the case was closed.
Domestic violence, however, remains a big problem for a significant percentage of women and men around the world. Monica Kearney, executive director of North Carolina’s Safe Space program, says one in four women and one in seven men experience domestic violence.
The period of escape, she adds, is the most dangerous period.
“The more a victim begins to get help and resources, the more… the abuser will try to do more harm,” she says.
Kearney also wants people to know they have options if they are in an abusive relationship.
“The best thing to do is call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. That number is 1-800-799-SAFE, ”Kearney said.
She also recommended looking for local programs and shelters, as it is important that victims feel supported within their community.