Places that Help: South Carolina
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Included in this list are shelters and local programs that provide support, counseling, safety planning, and other services to victims of abuse. If you cannot get help from the organization nearest you, you might want to try calling one in a neighboring county. (Have a suggestion or correction? Contact us!)
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Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
Provides free and confidential 24- hour emergency services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; offers crisis and long term counseling, temporary emergency shelter, legal advocacy, referrals to social service agencies, support groups, emotional support, and community outreach programs
Services: Child advocacy, sexual trauma center – emergency room support, law enforcement agencies and court proceedings, counseling and education
Hopeful Horizons is a children's advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center. The following services are offered: shelter, legal assistance, court advocacy, adult counseling, children’s counseling, case management services and family support to families on both in-house and outreach basis, mental health treatment, victim advocacy, and forensic interviews, crisis counseling, and law enforcement partnerships and educational programs. Hopeful Horizons’ Legal Department provides survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with free legal representation. This includes appearances in Family Court for matters related to divorce, custody, visitation, child support, separate maintenance and support and equitable distribution of matters. They also assist with the filing of Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders. Additionally survivors are provided with legal advice and representation in other civil court matters, as well as accompaniment by our legal staff to criminal and bond hearings. Hopeful Horizons serves Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper and Hampton Counties.
The Family Resource Center
Laurens Safe Home
Safe Home provides 24-hour services for victims of domestic violence
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
3830 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
1-803-771-RAPE (7273) (Richland/Lexington counties) 1-800-491-RAPE (7273) (Newberry/Sumter counties)
Serving Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Sumter counties. STSM offers 24-hour crisis intervention through hotline and hospital response, crisis counseling, individual short-term counseling, group counseling, personal advocacy, and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and abuse and education about sexual trauma issues to the Midlands. STSM also provides the survivor with emotional support and accompaniment throughout the criminal justice proceedings including (but not limited to) assisting the survivor in filing a police report, court accompaniment, assisting survivors with their Victim Impact Statements, and contacting law enforcement on behalf of survivor with survivor's consent. These services are all confidential and free of charge.
Counties served: Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland; Services include children's services, counseling, education, court advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing and others
Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault
Counties Served Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon & Williamsburg
Compass of Carolina
1100 Rutherford Rd., Stone Plaza
Greenville, SC 29609
Rape Crisis & Child Abuse Center
Greenville, SC 29611-6120
Safe Harbor, Inc.
Greenville, SC 29602-0174
(864) 467-1177 Admin
Provides emergency room support, legal advocacy, shelter, counseling and other services.
Counties served: Edgfield, Greenwood and Saluda; Services provided: Shelter for abused women and children and offers counseling for victims of domestic violence
Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center
115 E. Alexander Ave
PO BOX 693
Greenwood, SC 29648
Services: 24 hour emergency room on-call support, legal advocacy, counseling and education
Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault
Counties served: Chester, Fairfield and Lancaster
Citizens Against Spouse Abuse (CASA)
The Rape Crisis Center
Myrtle Beach: 843-448-3180
Provides a 24-hour hotline to address the needs of those who have experienced sexual victimization. Staff advocates offer crisis intervention, emotional support, and information and referrals to survivors and their loved ones. The Center provides community education programs, short-term counseling, therapist-facilitated support groups, and special events to promote a creative means of healing. Our services are free and confidential and available regardless of whether the victimization occurred several hours or many years ago.
Family Services & Consumer Credit Counseling
4925 Lacrosse St., Suite 215
N. Charleston, SC 29406
My Sister's House, Inc.
(843) 747-4069 Office
Services 24-hour crisis line, food, clothing, transportation and help with purchasing medication, emergency shelter, counseling, education and court advocacy.
People Against Rape, Inc.
2154 North Center Street, Suite 302
North Charleston, SC 29406
1-800-241-7273 (if out of area)
(843) 745-0144 (hotline and business line)
Assists adult and child victims of sexual assault, sexual violence, and abuse.
The purpose of CASA is to provide emergency safe shelter, counseling and support for abused women and children. All CASA services are free.
Safe Passage Inc.
(803) 329-3336 Office
Services: Emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their minor children, adult and child counseling, advocacy, community referrals, children’s program, education, support groups, and parenting classes
SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition
Counties served: Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union
YWCA of the Upper Lowlands, Inc.
(803) 775-2763 Crisis Line
Provides shelter services for battered women
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