Feb 042016

Be a Part of Teen DV Month 2016!heart

We’re excited to kick off another Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month) with all of you! This is a time for people all over the country to come together and raise awareness about the important issue of teen dating violence. After all, one in three teens will experience some form of abuse in a dating relationship, and we think that’s one too many.

Since part of our mission is to empower young people to build healthy relationships, this year we wanted to focus on a theme to help you do just that. Our theme for February is “Love is Setting Boundaries,” because so many people come to us with questions about boundaries! Why are boundaries so important in a relationship? Agreeing on and respecting each other’s boundaries make each partner feel safe and heard, which is so important for keeping a relationship healthy. You have the right to set your boundaries and have them respected at all times. We’ll be discussing boundaries in more detail as the month goes on, so be sure to check back here for more information.


To kick things off, we have an exciting announcement to share with you… That’s Not cool has re-launched their website with a new & improved look: www.thatsnotcool.com

Check out some new features, including a Speak Up section (ask for advice), Ambassador Stories page (share yours!), Adult Allies program, & a page with more info about Teen DV Month.

Hope you love it as much as we do.

Not sure what you can do to help end relationship violence? Read some ideas here: http://bit.ly/1PUNcHZ

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Feb 012016

Part-time Help Wanted

Part-time Thrift Store Staff Person needed to work 15 hours per week (10 am- 1 pm, Monday through Friday).
Position will help with running the register, sorting and placing clothing in the store, and keeping the warehouse area in good condition.
Salary: $8.50 an hour.
Apply at: SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition,
236 Union St. Spartanburg, SC
No Phone Calls Please


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Jan 082016

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition will offer a special volunteer training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors beginning March 14, 2016 – April 5, 2016! Agenda coming soon!!!!

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.  Call Jamie Hughes or Karen Martin-Wilkins at 583-9803 for more information or to sign up for the class.  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).





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Dec 012015

Join The Shop & SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

for the 17th Annual Toy Poker Run

December 5th, 2015

Rain Date:  December 12th, 2015

            Registration at The Shop Clubhouse – “breakfast available”
521 New Cut Road, Una SC
                    (NEW LOCATION) Last Card at Mid City Shrine Club
1470 Fort Prince Blvd
Wellford, SC
Entertainment Provided!
First Bike Out – 11:00 am
Last Bike Out – 1:00 pm
Last Bike In – 4:30 pm
 Parade with Santa (NEW LOCATION) departs promptly at 3:00 pm from 4th draw stop 

@ Grille 221 on Hwy 211 – Spartanburg, SC

Last Card Drawn @ Mid City Shrine Club. 
    Poker Run Entry: New Toys/Games or Cash Donations
    One hand per rider with donation – All Motorcycles & Vehicles Welcome
   For information:  Willie: 542-5610, Tennessee: 921-5086
or info@theshopshots.com
                                            Cash Prizes for Best Hand -$400                                        
2nd Best Hand- $200
& Worst Hand – $100
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Dec 012015

The Holiday Season is a special and exciting time. However, for battered women, their dependent children, and victims of sexual assault it can be a source of great pain. If you are interested in providing Christmas to a woman, child, or family affected by domestic/sexual violence, please fill out this holiday sponsor form.

Last year we made several procedural changes to our Christmas program.   We created a Christmas Gift Store in which clients will fill out an application and  once approved will be able to shop and wrap gifts they choose for their children. The qualifications for assistance are that the clients must have received services @SHRCC within the past year. These parents will be required to invest $5 per child or $20 per family. Those parents who cannot afford to pay the required amount(s) will be given a voucher to shop for gifts. We are asking our sponsors to purchase new items for children ages 0-18, adult women, and/or household supplies. We believe this will empower our clients as well as offer them the opportunity to be involved in the gift selection process for their children. Last year, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition was able to provide gifts to 109 adults and children that have been impacted by violence. The sponsors who made this effort possible all came from our local community. We appreciate all that YOU did to make this program possible and look forward to working with YOU again this year.

Celebrate the holidays by helping others!

After you have filled out the Holiday sponsor form, you can mail it, fax it, email it, or drop it off at our office @ 236 Union Street ~ Spartanburg, SC.

Download the following forms to provide Christmas to one of our clients:

Holiday Sponsor Instruction Letter 2015

Holiday sponsor form 2015

If you would like more information, please contact  Karen Martin-Wilkins or Jennifer O’Shields @ 864.583.9803.

Email: karen.martinwilkins@shrcc.org

Fax: 864.583.9611

Donate for a Charity or Charitable Cause

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Nov 122015

AFL Global’s ACT (AFL Community Team) spends the afternoon helping out in the SHRCC Thrift Store & gave us $1500.

Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!

Learn more about AFL Global Act: http://www.aflglobal.com/Company/Community/ACT-Project.aspx

Learn more about AFL Global: https://www.facebook.com/AFLcorp/

Here are a few photos of their national sales managers ACT project with SHRCC Spartanburgaflafl3afl4

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Oct 262015

Uptown Sertoma Club’s Auction for a Cause will be held this year on November 13, 2015 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

All proceeds from the sale of SHRCC auction items will benefit victims and families of domestic violence and sexual assault.

How it works:

From now until November 1st, SHRCC will be collecting items with a value of $50 or more for the silent auctions and items with a value of $250 or more for the live auction.  We’re looking for donations of fine jewelry, vacation rentals, gift certificates, and much more!

In addition to supporting a great cause, donations are tax deductible for the value of the item and donors will be acknowledged in the auction catalog and other promotional materials if received by October 29, 2014!  If you would like to help, you can drop off your item at  SHRCC. For more information please e-mail us or call us with your questions at 864.583.9803.

If you are unable to donate, then stop by our office and purchase a ticket for $15.00 and come shop at the 2015 Auction for a Cause!

Music, soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar for beer and wine will be available as you enjoy your shopping experience.

Tickets cost $15.00 in advance and can be purchased before the event @SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis (SHRCC).  Tickets will also be on sale at the auditorium for $20.00. All ticket sales to SHRCC go directly to us :-) 


Auction for a Cause Facebook page


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Sep 152015
South Carolina again ranked first in the nation for women murdered by men, with a rate of 2.32 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2013 Homicide DataThis is the 18th year in a row that South Carolina has ranked in the top 10 states for the rate of women murdered by men and the fourth year in which our state has been identified as having the highest lethalit rate by this count. The rate of 2.32 per 100,000 is over twice the national average of 1.09 per 100,000.

When Men Murder Women

An Analysis of 2013 Homicide Data

South Carolina

57 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2013
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 2.32 per 100,000 in 2013
Ranked 1st in the United States

AGE: For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (55 homicides), 5 female homicide victims (9 percent) were less than 18 years old and 8 victims (15 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 44 years old.

RACE: Out of 57 female homicide victims, 34 were white, 21 were black, 1 was Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1 was of unknown race.

MOST COMMON WEAPONS: For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 60 percent of female victims (32 out of 53) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 66 percent (21 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 6 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 2 females killed by a blunt object, and 9 females killed by bodily force.

VICTIM/OFFENDER RELATIONSHIP: For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 96 percent of female victims (52 out of 54) were murdered by someone they knew. Two female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent (32 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 69 percent (22 victims) were killed with guns; 68 percent of these (15 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.

CIRCUMSTANCE: For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 83 percent (33 out of 40) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 73 percent (24 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

To view the 2015 report, please visit,


Copyright © September 2015 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 generous gifts from: Dillon Cg, Art Kamm, Kaira & Harley Rouda, and Fred Vanden Heede & Suzy Pelican

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Sep 032015




Please join us for the

18th Annual Silent Witness Vigil 

and speak out against domestic

violence in our community.


October 8, 2015

5:00-6:00 pm

Daniel Morgan Square

Main Street

Sponsored by:

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office

Spartanburg County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

Spartanburg County Department of Social Services

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Spartanburg Police Department

Silent Witness Vigil Flyer

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