Oct 132014


“More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse.”


The Post and Courier decided to write about a cultural private matter, the happenings between a married couple in their home.

We, at SCCADVASA, want to commend the Post and Courier and their Project Team for creating an emotional and accurate series on domestic abuse homicides. The statistics continue to place South Carolina in the top ten states that nationally place for the rate of women killed by men. The Post and Courier uses a multimedia approach to bring into light the violence against women in the state. Reaching out of to victims, counselors, police, prosecutors and judges to create a piece that speaks from the cycle of abuse and violence to the ending of life for some victims.

The Post and Courier printed each story over 5 days, from Wednesday through Sunday, but the whole package is available on their website.

We recommend that every South Carolinian read/see this eye opening piece of work.

Please contact your local program, if you or someone you know who needs resources. Or you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)/ National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)

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.

Descriptions and Statistics: Domestic Violence

Descriptions and Statistics: Sexual Assault

Descriptions and Statistics: Teen Dating Violence

Statewide Events



Marginalized Survivors

Social Media

Oct 122014

When Men Murder Women

An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data

South Carolina
50 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 2012
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 2.06 per 100,000 in 2012

Ranked 2nd in the United States


For homicides in which the age of the victim was reported (49 homicides), 2 victims (4 percent) were less than 18 years old and 8 victims (16 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 46 years old.
Out of 50 female homicide victims, 2 were Asian or Pacific Islander, 18 were black, and 30 were white.
Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 71 percent of female victims (34 out of 48) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 76 percent (26 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 6 females killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 2 females killed by a blunt object, and 3 females killed by bodily force.
Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 86 percent of female victims (38 out of 44) were murdered by someone they knew. Six female victims were killed by strangers. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 68 percent (26 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the female intimates who were murdered, 77 percent (20 victims) were killed with guns; 75 percent of these (15 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 78 percent (29 out of 37) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 66 percent (19 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender



Oct 082014

Uptown Sertoma Club’s Auction for a Cause will be held this year on November 14, 2014 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 October 29th, 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 $10.00 and come shop at the 2012 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 $12.00 and can be purchased before the event @SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis.  Tickets will also be on sale at the auditorium for $15.00.

Here is a listing of items we currently have: Just to name a few :)

Full set of Braces valued at $6,200 from Dr. Gary P. Horvath

Cruise Certificate valued at $700.00 from CruiseOne

Tooth Whitening Certificates

Original Watercolor Iris painting by Joyce Hawkins

Club level tickets to Panthers vs Cleveland Browns

Stained glass piece by Dragonsfaire

4 Sea World Passes

Check out these links:

Auction for a Cause Facebook page


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Oct 072014




Please join us for the

17th Annual Silent Witness Vigil 

and speak out against domestic

violence in our community.


October 9, 2014

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

Sep 112014

Whenever there’s an allegation of domestic abuse, defenders of the accused bring up due process. In light of Ray Rice being cut by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, hours after TMZ published a video of the running back assaulting his wife in an elevator, consider the completely undue process Janay Palmer has endured over the past several months. Consider how much hurt and humiliation it took for this sorry semblance of a resolution to be reached:

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Sep 052014

SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition is offering a special 30-hour Volunteer Training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis line counselors, and shelter advocates beginning Monday, September 8, 2014 – September 30, 2014.

Our 24-hour crisis line needs volunteers to take crisis calls during evenings, weekends, and holidays. Training is provided by community agencies, and offered free of charge.

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.  Shelter advocates work in our emergency shelter with victims and their children.

We assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day 7 days a week for Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee Counties. For more information, please call 583-9803 or 1-800- 273- 5066 and ask for Karen Martin-Wilkins, our Volunteer Coordinator.

You can make a difference in the life of a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.  Come and find out how.


Volunteer Agenda


Aug 082014

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



Jul 232014


Because Voices Have Power was created by the HopeLine program from Verizon to inspire greater awareness and participation in a nationwide effort to end dating and domestic violence.

In situations of dating or domestic violence abuse, the first thing a victim begins to lose is their voice. That is why we believe the power of a voice can play an impactful role in transforming the lives of those affected by dating and domestic violence and furthering the effort to end this issue.

Through Voices Have Power, every one of us can share our unique voice and take part in the national effort to put an end to this issue. For every message of hope submitted by someone such as yourself, we will donate $3 toward supporting proven and innovative dating and domestic violence prevention programs produced by our national and local campaign partners. Here are the ways a message of hope can be shared:

  • On your favorite social, share a message of hope on your favorite social network with the hashtag #VoicesHavePower
  • On your phone, text a message of hope to #94079
  • On voiceshavepower.com, write or select a previously generated message of hope