Feb 142017
 

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition will offer a special volunteer training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors beginning March 6, 2017 – March 28, 2017

This volunteer job may be perfect for you!

Our agency provides a 24-hour crisis hot line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We serve Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties.

We need Volunteer Victim Advocates to be on-call after office hours, weekends and holidays during shifts they choose each month. These volunteers may also work in our emergency shelter.

Domestic Violence volunteers respond to telephone calls only. Sexual Assault volunteers respond to telephone calls and hospital referrals. Victims of sexual assault who report to law enforcement go to a local hospital for a forensic rape examination and SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition provides accompaniment and advocacy during this process.

All prospective volunteers attend an extensive 30-hour training program to prepare them for the demands of this position. Training includes an agency overview, dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, current law, crisis intervention, shelter and hospital procedures, listening skills, and resources and referrals.

You can make a difference in the life of a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.  Come and find out how.  For more information or to sign up for the training, email Jamie Hughes @ (jamie.hughes@shrcc.org) or Karen Martin-Wilkins (karen.martinwilkins@shrcc.org) or call @ 583-9803 .  We hope you will join us!

This training has applied for VSP certification hours through the Office of the Crime Victims’ Ombudsman and the Office of Victim Services Education and Certification (OVSEC).

Draft of 2017 Volunteer Training Schedule

Feb 022017
 

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!

In February 2017, loveisrespect will be celebrating its 10th anniversary! So, we thought we’d get back to basics. Our theme for Teen DV Month 2017 is Love is . . . Respect. We’ll be talking about what respect means and why it’s so important in a healthy relationship – online and off. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

Love is Respect TDVAM

Jan 032017
 

Please Join SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition for our 1st Annual 1BlueStringHubCity Awareness Campaign & Competition

This competition is made possible by The Star and The Rosemary Antosh Charitable Fund

1BlueStringHubCityis a singer/songwriter competition for artists in Spartanburg and surrounding areas. Contestants will need to submit an original piece focused on this year’s theme; HOPE. Judges will score each entry and select only 6 finalists. On April 7th, 2017, the 6 finalists will perform their song during a live, public concert @ USC Upstate. Concert goers will vote and decide the winner!

Online registration opened January 1, 2017 and will close February 12, 2017. Finalists will be announced in March. The winning prize package includes cash, studio time, and spotlight performance slots.

1bluestring.orgis an awareness campaign founded by 1in6.org. The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.

What does HOPE mean to you? Where do you turn for HOPE? What gives you HOPE? Was there a time when you didn’t have HOPE? How do you inspire HOPE in others? Tell us about it. As a matter of fact, write a song and sing about it! Be creative – be original!

Contestants may visit 1BlueStringHubCity.com for registration information. Tickets for the finale are only $6 and may be ordered online or purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Jamie Hughes at 864.583.9803 or jamie.hughes@shrcc.org.

If you need help, please call our hotline number @864-583-9803 or toll free @ 800-273-5066.

Oct 102016
 

Join the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and SHRCC Representatives in observance of their 3rd Annual Candlelight Vigil in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @ 6:00pm.

See attached Flyer about the event.candlelight-vigil-gaffney-2016-color

Oct 032016
 

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Please join SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition on October 7, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. for a spectacular musical event benefiting our organization titled Maiden & Song! The suggested donation is $10.00, in which all proceeds go to assist victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Spartanburg, Cherokee & Union Counties.

The event is presented as well as sponsored by Nu-Way Lounge & Restaurant. Other sponsors include the Art & Frame Gallery, Southeastern Printing, TLC Motors, Inc. & the Art Lounge.

The line up features:

Angela Easterling

Fayssoux McLean

Carmella y Hermano and

Brandy Lindsey and the Punch

Sponsors:

Nu-Way Restaurant

The Art Lounge

Art & Frame Gallery

TLC Motors, Inc.

Southeastern Printing

Sep 282016
 
South Carolina has moved from first in the United States for women murdered by men to 5th, with a rate of 1.73 per 100,000 in 2014 according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide DataThis is the 19th year in a row that South Carolina has ranked in the top 10 states for the rate of women murdered by men.
SEPTEMBER 2016

When Men Murder Women

An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data

South Carolina

43 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2014
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 1.73 per 100,000 in 2014
Ranked 5th in the United States

AGE: For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (42 homicides), 2 victins (5 percent) were less than 18 years old and 6 victims (14 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 44 years old.

RACE: Out of 43 female homicide victims, 25 were white, 18 were black.

MOST COMMON WEAPONS: For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 63 percent of female victims (24 out of 38) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 71 percent (17 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 6 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 1 female killed by a blunt object, and 7 females killed by bodily force.

VICTIM/OFFENDER RELATIONSHIP: For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 93 percent of female victims (37 out of 40) were murdered by someone they knew. Three female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent (23 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 65 percent (15 victims) were killed with guns; 73 percent of these (11 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.

CIRCUMSTANCE: For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 61 percent (17 out of 28) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 82 percent (14 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

 

To view the 2016 report, please visit, men-murder-pic-2016When Men Murder Women an Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data

COPYRIGHT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Copyright © September 2016 Violence Policy Center The Violence Policy Center (VPC) is a national nonprofit educational organization that conducts research and public education on violence in America and provides information and analysis to policymakers, journalists, advocates, and the general public. This study was funded with the support of The Herb Block Foundation and The Joyce Foundation. When Men Murder Women was also supported by a generous gift from Lawrence Stephanson. For a complete list of VPC publications with document links, please visit http://www.vpc.org/publications.

 
Jul 112016
 

With School approaching quickly, we wanted to get out our list of items we need for the children we serve @ SHRCC. All donations are tax deductible and we can count the hours you spent shopping.  Thank you for thinking of our kids and know your donation will make a difference! 

 School Supply Wish List

  • Backpacks (various sizes/colors)*
  • Calculators*
  • Pencil sharpeners*
  • Highlighters
  • Colored pencils *
  • Markers (thin & thick)*
  • Crayons*
  • Notebook paper*
  • Graph paper
  • 2-pocket folders w/prongs*
  • Composition notebooks – black and white*
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Dividers*
  • binders (various sizes)*
  • blue/black pens
  • pencils #2*
  • glue sticks*
  • hand sanitizer (small/travel)*
  • tissues (small/travel)
  • rulers (plastic)
  • Fiskar scissors*
  • Flash drives
  • Ear buds

Most important *

 

If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to our main office:
SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition
236 Union Street  Spartanburg, SC
864-583-9803
Office hours: Monday-Friday  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Jul 112016
 

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Spartanburg Little Theatre (SLT) Fringe Series kicks off their #sltcares initiatives during their performances of Avenue Q.

Join SHRCC at the Show on July 16, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. @ the Chapman Cultural Center. We will have a booth available with our information as well as a representative to help answer all your questions about our services. If you are looking for a fun night out….look no further!

To receive a 30% discount off of the July 16th show, which puts us in the running for a $500.00 bonus, use coupon code: SAFEHOME and can be redeemed online, by phone or in person at the box office.

Avenue Q:
It’s a familiar story: a fresh-faced college graduate moves to New York City in search of his fortune, and finds out from the people around him that life is a little different than he thought. There’s one big difference in this coming-of-age tale – its characters are puppets! Winner of the Tony Triple Crown (Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book) Broadway hit Avenue Q brings to the stage a colorful, hilarious portrait of the real world.

PLEASE NOTE: This show contains adult content and language and is intended for mature audiences only.

Tickets:

1.       Online:  http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/pages/calendar/detail/event/c1/e245/&DateOfEvent=07/15/2016

2.       Phone: (864) 585-8278

3.       In Person:  Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East St. John St.,   Spartanburg, SC 29306

4.       Coupon Codes of 30% off are only good for our show on July 16, 2016 for unlimited tickets. That code again is SAFEHOME.

Spartanburg Little Theatre

Chapman Cultural Center – Avenue Q

May 022016
 
Support Spartanburg County is one day of online giving on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. until 11.59 p.m. (EST), hosted by Spartanburg County Foundation.

On that day, anyone can go to the event website, www.supportspartanburgcounty.org and donate to SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition!

All donations made during the online giving day are 100% tax deductible. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

Mark your calendar to support us on May 3rd! Be sure to tell your family, friends and co-workers, so they can too.

Profile Page Link on Support Spartanburg: https://supportspartanburgcounty.org/npo/safe-homes-rape-crisis-coalition

https://supportspartanburgcounty.org/

https://www.facebook.com/SHRCCSpartanburg/?fref=ts

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition mission is to use our 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.

What is Support Spartanburg County 2016?

The Spartanburg County Foundation (SCF) is a tax-exempt public charity, committed to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement and responding to community needs.  We support the nonprofit community in Spartanburg County.

Established in 1943, The Spartanburg County Foundation is the oldest community foundation in South Carolina.  On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, community foundations across America will collectively participate in “National Give Local America Day”.  We are excited to join our peers across the country by hosting our own local Support Spartanburg County Giving
Day.

Support Spartanburg County is one day of online giving on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. until 11.59 p.m. (EST).  On that day, anyone can go to the event website, www.SupportSpartanburgCounty.org hosted by SCF, and donate to participating nonprofit organizations.  All donations made during the online giving day may have the opportunity to be multiplied by the incentive pool of funds.

Please support our nonprofits as they support our community.

 

Apr 262016
 

558103_613040912055248_1990709949_nDenim Day: April 27, 2016

What is Denim Day?

In 1999 an Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a 45 year old driving instructor for the rape of his 18 year old student. The reason cited was the girl’s clothing. It was determined that because she wore blue jeans the instructor could not have removed them without assistance, therefore she must have consented. People everywhere were outraged and within hours prominent women within the legal community were walking the courthouse in blue jeans to protest the decision. Since that time Denim Day in LA and the USA was born. Peace Over Violence, the agency behind Denim Day, centers this campaign around the fact that a woman’s choice of clothing is no excuse for rape.

How do you participate?

Wear blue jeans on April 27, 2016
 to make a statement. As an individual you can talk about Denim Day with your friends and family. As a business or workplace you can wear blue jeans and make a small donation to the Rock the Denim Campaign to benefit the non-profits in this community that are working with victims of sexual assault every day.

If you, your business, your campus, your organization or faith-based group would like to pledge your commitment to the campaign, please fill out the linked committment forms. We will send you flyers that you can display in your workplace, school, organization or church to let those around you know that you are wearing jeans to take a stand against sexual violence.

Proceeds to benefit SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition.

Business Commitment Form

Campus Commitment Form

Faith-Based/Organization Commitment Form