Nov 122015

The Spartanburg County Foundation awards $10,000 to SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition for computer labs for adult and child victims in the shelter and at the main office.

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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!

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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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Sep 032015

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition will offer a special volunteer training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors beginning September 14, 2015!

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 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).

2015 Volunteer Training Schedule

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Aug 312015


Spartanburg Strut Against Domestic Violence is scheduled for October 10th, 2015 @ 8am. This is a 5K and 10K run or walk to benefit SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition.  Let’s come together as a community, and honor victims and survivors of domestic violence.

We hope that many of you will participate in this run/walk in October. However, if you are unable to do so and still want to help, we are accepting donations. Registration for the 2015 Spartanburg Strut is now open! Access the page by clicking here. Remember that fees are only $15 for the 5K and $20 for the 10K. Keep checking back on the blog for more updates. Thanks for your support!

Don’t forget to share this amazing event with your friends, family, co-workers or anyone else you think would be interested.

Spartanburg Strut website is up and running ;-)

Spartanburg Strut facebook page is up and running as well :-)

Direct link to event registrationspartanburg strut

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Aug 202015

Join us for our 11th annual interpersonal violence conference in our new location……

Friday, October 23, 2015 ~ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Family Life Center

First Presbyterian Church

393 East Main Street

Spartanburg, SC 29302

Oct 23, 2015 Agenda Insert

Oct 23, 2015 Brochure

You can register on-line, request a brochure via email or pick up a brochure at SHRCC.

On-line registration:

Registration fees: $100.00 (additional fee after Oct 9, 2015 is $25.00)

$50.00 for Undergraduate/Full-time students

Registration, Coffee, Exhibits, Networking starts at 7:30 am

Welcome and Introduction begins at 8:25 am

This year our Keynote speaker will start us off with her compelling personal story of how she survived human trafficking.

We will also be giving out door prizes prior to the first session, so please stay after our keynote!!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Children’s Advocacy Center

First Presbyterian Church

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office

South Carolina Legal Services

Spartanburg County Department of Social Services

Spartanburg County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

Spartanburg City Police Department

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Wells Fargo


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Jul 272015

Shelter school supplies that are needed for our kids:

-notebook paper (wide & college ruled)

-graphing paper

-poster board

-marble (mead) notebooks (wide & college ruled)

-pocket folders (preferably plastic)

-folders w/prongs

-3-ring binders (all sizes)


-sheet protectors

-#2 pencils (wood & lead)

-large erasers

-pencil top erasers

-pens (blue/black)

-pencil pouches

-colored pencils



-dry erase markers

-glue sticks

-white glue


-book bags (NO wheels)


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




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Jun 112015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley says a bill she signed increasing penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders and banning batterers from having guns is just the beginning to change a culture that quietly ignored abuse.

Haley signed the bill Thursday that punishes abusers based on the severity of the attack, the number of prior offenses and other factors, like whether the victim was strangled, is pregnant or children saw the abuse.

The law also provides a lifetime gun ban for the worst abusers and has an automatic three- or 10-year ban in other cases.

Haley says the law will help her domestic violence task force gather information. She says she wants to stop how the state ignores abuse.

South Carolina often ranks at the top in the number of domestic violence deaths.

Read article here: haley signs dv bill 2015

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