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 102016


Uptown Sertoma Club’s (Silent & Live) Auction for a Cause “The Magic of Giving” will be held this year on November 4, 2016 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.

Signature Sponsor is JM SMITH Corporation.

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 24th, 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 you would like to help, you can drop off your item at  our Main Office @ 236 Union Street Spartanburg, SC. For more information please e-mail jennifer.oshields@shrcc.org or call us with your questions at 864.583.9803.

If you are unable to donate, but still want to support our organization; then stop by our office and purchase a ticket for $20.00. Tickets purchased from SHRCC go directly to our organization. 

Free parking, live music, food, and a cash bar for beer and wine will be available as you enjoy your shopping experience.

Tickets $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door (adults & children). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.. A 10% buyers premium will be added to all purchases. Raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the evening.

website: auction4acause.net

Facebook: Auction for a Cause

2016 AFC Flyer


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Oct 052016

by Patty Branco, Senior Technical Assistance & Resource Specialist for theNational Resource Center on Domestic Violence

This October, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is building uponconversations from 2015around Awareness + Action = Social Change by offering key awareness activities and action steps for propelling us forward together.

We are elevating the voices of survivors, lifting up resiliency and healing as a 
transformative response to domestic violence, supporting self-care in advocacy, revisiting the passion that fuels our movement, and embracing new directions for bold and intentional social change work. Learn more!

Elevating the experiences of survivors. Recognizing domestic violence in its many forms is critical if we are to take action to effectively address and prevent it. Throughout October, our #ThisIsDV social media campaign will amplify the voices of survivors to help validate and name their experiences and raise awareness about the multifaceted nature of domestic violence.

Read More Here..

Oct 032016



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


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.

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.

Aug 122016

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition will offer a special volunteer training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors beginning September 12 – October 4, 2016!

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, contact Jamie Hughes (jamie.hughes@shrcc.org) or Karen Martin-Wilkins (karen.martinwilkins@shrcc.org) or call either @ 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).

2016 Volunteer Training Schedule

Aug 022016

SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition

2015 Year End Statistics Report

  • we assisted 4,473 adults  and 2,253 children traumatized by domestic violence and sheltered 304 adults and children
  • we assisted 219 direct and 147 indirect victims of sexual assault
  • we provided 4,002 individual and 1,386 family therapy sessions for 623 people
  • we also provided 180 therapy/support groups which were attended by 205 individuals
  • we accompanied 116 victims of sexual assault to the hospital
  • we assisted 408 victims with filing order of protection petitions and attended 2,883 hearings with domestic violence and sexual assault victims
  • we provided 463 education/prevention programs reaching 171,557 individuals
  • 681 volunteers contributed 24,021.75 hours this year
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
Office hours: Monday-Friday  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Jul 112016

cast ave q
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.


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