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, write or select a previously generated message of hope

Jun 172014

Eaton Corporation in Duncan, SC donated $25, 000 to assist SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition to make security upgrades to their emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In the wake of the tragic murder of a victim staying in our shelter by her estranged husband, Eaton Corporation stepped up to assist this organization and  their community, by donating funds to ensure that our clients and staff feel safer while in the shelter.

We are so grateful to Eaton Corporation for their generosity and support of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.


Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2005 sales of $11.1 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 60,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries.


Jun 172014

Full-time Victim Advocate needed for SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition. This position will provide court advocacy and education/prevention programs for victims of domestic violence in Union County half-time, and rove to other offices to assist victims when needed. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree, non-judgmental attitude, an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work with people from all walks of life. Starting salary: $24,000 with paid health insurance and retirement. 

Accepting resumes until July 4, 2014. Please submit resumes to Lynn Hawkins, 236 Union St., Spartanburg, SC 29302. No Phone Calls, please.
May 302014

Checking up on applicants’ social media profiles is becoming routine for many employers and admissions offices around the country. There’s nothing wrong with using social platforms for fun, but a little awareness will go a long way. This is our guide to taking control of your online reputation.


Most of us treat our Facebook and Twitter accounts as purely social outlets. We update statuses and photos casually; we don’t expect our friends or followers to scrutinize what we share. And unless we post something truly heinous or incriminating, we don’t worry that our profiles could seriously limit our educational or professional prospects.

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May 302014

Cell Phone Location, Privacy and Intimate Partner Violence

The Domestic Violence Report recently published an article Safety Net wrote oncell phone location privacy and safety. This comprehensive article discusses how cell phone location is misused by abusers to stalk and monitor victims and tips on what victims can do. It explores the different ways cell phone location information can be revealed and concludes with proposed federal legislation on location privacy and best practices for app developers who want to collect location information through their apps.  Read the full article.

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May 302014

We would like to thank the Verizon Wireless at Spartanburg store on 119 E. Blackstock Rd, Spartanburg, SC who awarded us $10,000 from their store through HopeLine®.

HopeLine Logois a program that connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and protects the environment. 

Read here for more information on how you can make a difference with HopeLine