Places that Help: South Carolina
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Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify. Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice. Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties. We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible. You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.
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.
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Provides advocacy (not legal representation) on behalf of the low income community on civil legal issues in the areas of health, consumer, education, housing, public benefits, family and community economic development.
South Carolina Legal Services (Intake Services)
Monday - Thursday, 9:00-6pm, Please have your driver's license and social security number ready, as well as social security numbers for any children or other people you are responsible for. Does not handle criminal cases.
South Carolina Legal Services - Greenville Office
Serving: Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens Counties
South Carolina Legal Services - Greenwood Office
Serving: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda Counties
South Carolina Legal Services - Orangeburg Office
6126 Associate Parkway
PO Box 164
Orangeburg, SC 29116-1646
Serving: Aiken, Allendale, Bamburg, Barnwell, Calhoun, and Orangeburg Counties
South Carolina Legal Services - Rock Hill Office
214 Johnston Street
PO Box 10591
Rock Hill, SC 29731
Serving: Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, and York Counties
South Carolina Legal Services - Spartanburg Office
Serving: Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties
State Office of Victims' Assistance (SOVA)
1205 Pendleton Street
Edgar A. Brown Building, Room 401
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-1900 (main office)
SOVA provides a network environment in which we work closely with victim service agencies and providers across the state, to render advocacy, support, programs, services, information, referrals, training and technical assistance.
The South Carolina Bar
(800) 868-2284 for Lawyer Referral
The South Carolina Bar sponsors free legal clinics around the state. Most involve a 30-45 minute lecture followed by either a question and answer or five minute one-on-one session with an attorney.
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