From left: Social Circle Chief Tyrone Oliver, Force Fitness owner Chasity Lowe, ex-military personal trainer Robert Tolbert and Lt. Randy Downs all helped out to offer a free self-defense clinic for around 25 people.

A group of Social Circle citizens teamed up to provide a domestic abuse prevention class on Aug. 6.

Chastity Lowe of the gym Force Fitness organized the event, which included instruction on self-defense from Social Circle Chief Tyrone Oliver and Lt. Randy Downs, an ex-military personal trainer and a locally based counselor.

“We wanted to provide an event that covered all the bases, so to speak,” Lowe said.

Although Lowe had wanted to do an event like this for a while now, a tragedy spurred her to do the class sooner rather than later.

Lowe was inspired by Katie Mobley, the Social Circle woman who was allegedly killed by her husband earlier this year, who was also a member at Force Fitness.

“We wanted to bring awareness to the problem of domestic abuse as well as provide tools and resources to prevent it,” Lowe said.

Over 25 people came out to participate in the event, which covered what to do if a physical altercation occurs, and also how to avoid them in the first place.

Lowe was thrilled with the instruction and the turnout from Social Circle’s citizenry.

“Everyone just came together and made this happen,” Lowe said. 

Andrew Kenneson was a staff writer for The Walton Tribune from 2018-20.

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