Apr 102019

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019

5:30pm – 8:30 pm;

Tickets can be purchased for $20.00 at the door, at SHRCC or you can email spartanburgsertoma@gmail.com

Drayton Mills Event Center

Join Uptown Sertoma for a special benefit in support of SAFE Homes Rape Crisis and an evening of shopping, beauty, health and wellness. For more information:

Mar 262019

Please Join SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition for our 3rd Annual 1Voicehubcity

Awareness Campaign & Competition

This competition is Presented by AFL
  • 1 Voice Hub City – the upstate’s premiere singer/songwriter competition that raises awareness and support for men, women, and children who have experienced sexual violence. There is hope for survivors to live healthier, happier lives. Help is available locally and nationally.

    The 3rd annual event invites solo artists to submit an original song based on this year’s theme: Overcoming Adversity. Open to singers 16 yrs and older, all genres are welcome!

    Registration ends on April 30, 2019!

    A panel of local musicians will judge each entry with the top six becoming finalists. Those six finalists will perform live at our concert finale on May 23rd at Wild Wing Cafe in Downtown Spartanburg. The winner gets the crown, the cash, the recording time, and the opportunity to perform at several upstate events & venues.Will you be the next breakout star of the upstate? There’s only one way to find out…

1 Voice Hub City is an awareness campaign of Safe Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition in Spartanburg, where they provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency’s mission is to use their collective voice to address the impact of domestic and sexual violence by providing quality services to those affected and to create social change through education, training, and activism.

Register here – Registration ends on April 30, 2019!

Mar 052019

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition is currently searching for a part-time Hispanic Outreach Therapist.  This position requires a Masters degree or higher in a psychotherapy discipline.  Licensure in SC is preferred, but the candidate may be in pursuit of licensure if not already credentialed. 

Fluency in Spanish and English is required. The position is for 27 hours a week, with at least two evenings required and possible weekend hours. 

Competency in trauma-sensitive care and trauma-focused interventions with child, adolescent, and adult victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault is required. 

Benefits of the position include Victim Service Provider credentialing and ongoing professional training.

Please contact Elizabeth Pratt, Ed.S., LMFT, LMFT/S, VSP, Clinical Director for more information and to send a resume.Elizabeth.pratt@shrcc.org

Feb 222019

February 20, 2019

After more than 30 years at the helm of SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition (SHRCC), Executive Director Lynn Hawkins is set to retire later this year, and the SHRCC Board of Directors has begun searching for the organization’s next leader.

SHRCC is a private, non-profit organization providing assistance programs to victims of domestic violence in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties, and victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. The agency’s services include a 24-hour crisis line, victim advocacy, emergency shelter, court advocacy, education/prevention programs, support groups and individual therapy for adult and child victims. 

SHRCC Board Chair Steve Ferguson, executive vice president for sales, marketing and customer service at AFL, says Hawkins’ service and dedication to the organization has been invaluable. “For more than 30 years, Lynn Hawkins has been a dynamic and transformative leader for Safe Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition and has helped to build this organization into the leading advocacy and support center for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the state of South Carolina,” he shared. “Lynn’s impact in this community is profound, and part of her legacy is the strong and capable team she has put together to support this mission.”

Hawkins has worked with victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault for more than 40 years; she has served as executive director of SHRCC since 1988. She has provided extensive training on issues of violence, trauma and victimization, both statewide and nationally, for law enforcement officers, magistrates, legal and medical professionals, social workers, educators, the faith community, students and the community at large.

“The Board of Directors of Safe Homes understands that we have a very tough task ahead to find a successor to Lynn, but we are committed to finding a new leader that will embrace the future challenges and evolving needs of this organization and its mission,” Ferguson said of the search process ahead.

SHRCC will be accepting applicants for its next President/CEO through March 31. The President/CEO is responsible for the overall management and administration of the organization, to include personnel, fundraising, communication, fiscal management, board support, community education, development of collaborative partnerships, and program design, implementation & evaluation.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and manage a nonprofit organization that seeks to address the impact of domestic and sexual violence by providing quality services to those affected and to create social change through education, training, and activism.

Key leadership competencies for the position include leadership and vision, demonstrated successful fundraising expertise, strong community engagement and collaboration skills, and strategic thinking skills with expertise in personnel management. Through innovation, strategic leadership, energy and commitment, the President/CEO will take SHRCC to its next level of excellence, inspiring and elevating support for the organization’s mission and vision.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements no later than March 31 to the SHRCC Search Committee. For more information, please visit http://shrcc.org/ or contact SHRCCsearch@gmail.com. No phone calls, please.


About Safe Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition (SHRCC) is a private, non-profit organization providing multi-faceted assistance programs to victims of domestic violence in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties, and victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. The agency provides comprehensive services that include: 24-hour crisis line, victim advocacy, emergency shelter, court advocacy, education/prevention programs, support groups and individual therapy for adult and child victims.  For more information, please visit http://shrcc.org/

For more information, please contact:

Search Committee

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition


Jan 112019

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition has received a grant for $7,980 from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to replace sheets, blankets, towels, and comforters at the emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties. They have also funded repairs to the roof and purchased food for the shelter.

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Jan 082019

Gaffney Police Department donated $780 for No Shave November, presented by Chief Chris Skinner and Assistant Chief Mike Segina, and the Blacksburg Police Department donated $380, presented by Sgt Mark Vanderburg to Lynn Hawkins, the Executive Director of Safe Home/Rape Crisis Coalition on December 20, 2018 at the Blacksburg Police Department.

Oct 082018
According to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2016 Homicide Data, South Carolina ranked sixth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 1.83 per 100,000. This annual study is released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is recognized in October.
48 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2016
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 1.88 per 100,000 in 2016
Ranked 6th in the United States
For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (48 homicides), 3 victims (6 percent) were less than
18 years old, and 3 victims (6 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 40 years old.
Out of 48 female homicide victims, 24 were white, 23 were black, and 1 was of unknown race.
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 59 percent of female victims (26 out of 44)
were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 54 percent (14 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 5
females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 4 females killed by a blunt object, and 8 females
killed by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 95 percent of female victims (42
out of 44) were murdered by someone they knew. Two female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims
who knew their offenders, 69 percent (29 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of
the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 66 percent (19 victims) were killed with guns;
53 percent of these (10 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 88 percent (28 out of 32) were not related to the
commission of any other felony. Of these, 71 percent (20 homicides) involved arguments between the victim
and the offender.
Aug 152018
Our volunteer advocate program is one of the most crucial aspects of our organization. Volunteer advocates answer our 24/7 crisis hotline and accompany sexual assault victims at the hospital. These advocates help connect victims to our resources and to other resources in the community.
If you are interested in joining this dedicated, talented team of volunteers, the process is simple!
Begin by calling our volunteer coordinator, Julia Hogan, at 864-583-9803. Together, you will set up a time and date to come to our main office for a short interview and some paperwork.
After that, you will have access to our online training course. Our online course is 33 hours long and can be completed from the comfort of your own home. If there are any questions or issues, our staff will be available to help guide you.
Once you have finished the online portion, you must attend a half-day, hands-on workshop. These workshops will be held every eight weeks and will give you a chance to go over everything you learned in the class and apply it to real-life situations.
Our crisis line volunteers answered 1,230 calls last year alone. We could not help so many survivors in our community with out their talent, dedication, and empathy. If you would like to join us in the battle to end sexual violence in the upstate, please call 864-583-9803 today.

Volunteer Application

Aug 022018

SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition

2018 Year End Statistics Report

    • we assisted 3,867 adults and 1,959 children traumatized by domestic violence and sheltered 379 adults and children
    • we assisted 286 direct and 149 indirect victims of sexual assault
    • we provided 3,863 individual and 1,353 family therapy sessions for 620 people
    • we also provided 277 therapy/support groups which were attended by 277 individuals
    • we accompanied 92 victims of sexual assault to the hospital
    • we assisted 388 victims with filing order of protection petitions  and attended 1,762 hearings with domestic violence and sexual assault victims
    • we provided 481 education/prevention programs reaching 113,140 individuals
    • 2,933 volunteers contributed 20,351.75 hours this year
Oct 132014



What is Intimate Partner Violence?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines intimate partner violence (IPV) as a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.

Violence against women is a worldwide problem including sexual violence, intimate partner violence and dating violence. These types of violence take place throughout the lifespan including child sexual abuse and abuse of elders. International efforts often use the term “gender based violence.” In the United States, a variety of terms may be used to describe intimate partner violence, including violence against women and gender-based violence.  These terms are meant to encompass all survivors of these types of violence, regardless of gender identity.

While the vast majority of men and boys do not commit sexual violence and intimate partner violence, or dating violence, the vast majority of violence against women, as well as violence against men and boys, is committed by men. The current approach to reducing and eliminating such violence is seeing men and boys are part of the solution instead of seeing them as the problem. There is a world-wide movement to engage men and boys in our work as our allies in ending violence against women.

#SCSaysNoMore in October

The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be taking our campaign to social media. The month of October is a time where we can stand together and show that we will no longer tolerate domestic violence and that we will work together to find solutions.  Using the tag #SCSaysNoMore we will bring awareness to the numerous communities and individuals on how we as a coalition say no more to domestic violence.

We encourage direct service organizations, individuals, and community organizations to use the tag #SCSaysNoMore to join the conversation on all social media platforms.

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