COLUMBIA, S.C. (WVOC/AP) - About 1,200 people from around the state took part Saturday in the 7th Annual Mayor's Walk Against Domestic Violence in Columbia's Finlay Park.

Organizers say the free walk was to support people struggling with the issue and reminds others never to give up hope in stopping the violence.

Some parents brought their children so they could develop a greater awareness of what's happening and pass the information on to their classmates to help end domestic violence.

Verizon Wireless presented Sistercare with $2,000 to go towards victim services and will be collecting wireless phones at City Hall throughout October in conjunction with Verizon’s HopeLine program.

Residents can donate any old and unused wireless phones between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at City Hall, located at 1737 Main Street.

For more information about HopeLine, visit .

(Photo courtesy of City of Columbia)