May 012014
When you work with victims of domestic violence, your worst nightmare is that someone will be injured or killed while they are in your shelter. Yesterday, our worst nightmare came true.
Marianne O’Shields did not deserve what happened to her.  Her estranged husband, Robert O’Shields, chose to shoot her down in the street, and leave her lying there. He is to blame, and only him. When you think about Marianne and her young daughter, think about the fact that she was doing everything she could to keep them safe. The same cannot be said for her husband.
The staff of SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition appreciates all the telephone calls, and emails of support that we have received.  We are sad; we are shocked; and we are outraged, but we will not stop doing what we do to help women find safety, and heal from the trauma of abuse.  Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We need your help to continue to make a difference.
Lynn Hawkins
Executive Director
May 232013

12 Cities and Counties Receive Grants as Part of New Evidence-Based Prevention Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced grants to twelve programs across the country to target the urgent need to reduce domestic violence homicides.  On average, three women a day die as a result of domestic violence.   Research shows that women whose partner threatens them with a gun or other weapon are 20 times more likely to subsequently be murdered than other abused women.  Moreover, children, coworkers, neighbors and police officers are also killed as a result of domestic violence. From 2009 to 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings—those with four or more victims killed—started with the shooter targeting their girlfriend, wife or ex-wife.

Feb 152013

Dancers stopped traffic on Main Street for a good cause Thursday night.

About 50 dancers affiliated with No Excuse for Abuse of Spartanburg came together for the international movement, One Billion Rising. The dancers performed between Converse and Liberty Street.

“We stand proud as sisters,” said Jan Hammett, of No Excuse for Abuse. “Never let anyone paralyze your spirit. Be real, be authentic.”

The global movement is called One Billion Rising: No Excuse for Abuse. The name derives from data that indicates 1 in 3 women on Earth will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. With a world population of 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion abused women and girls.

one billion rising continued

Feb 142013

This inclusive family event will take place in downtown Spartanburg on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013.  All women and children and those that love them are invited to join us in dance and have fun while focusing on the spirit of the community and putting a stop to abuse and violence.

Please join us as we dance our way to “No Excuse for Abuse” on Valentine’s Day, 2013!

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Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Host: Jan Hammett
Downtown Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)

The Plaza – 174 East Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306


Oct 042012

Sheriff David Taylor of the Union County Sheriff’s Office received a Leadership Award from SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

October 2, 2012 @ The Union County Silent Witness Vigil.

The Leadership Award is presented to individuals who display leadership through actions above and beyond the ordinary.

This award recognizes their outstanding leadership in this community.

Thank you Sheriff Taylor for all you do for victims of domestic violence in Union County.