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"THANK YOU to all of you who contacted your representatives in the South Carolina House to support funding for organizations providing shelter and other critical services to victims of domestic violence. Last night, the House voted unanimously to preserve these funds. We will continue to update you on the budget process in the Senate as we work to secure this critical funding. Your voices are essential and were heard!" - Sara Barber, Executive Director
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We are hosting a supplemental PREA webinar this month taught by Katie Reid, MSW. It will be on March 31, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. This webinar will give an overview of the community collaboration and advocacy standards under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Specific attention will be given to how SARTS (Sexual Assault Response Teams) and other community partners can collaborate with corrections institutions, how to support and sustain collaboration, and how to use creative approaches to overcome challenges. Attendees will be given information on one example of how a South Carolina SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) successfully collaborates with a local detention center.

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If you have not previously registered for our training registration system, Coalition Manager, you can do that here.

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Urgent Call to Action!

The first draft of the state budget currently being debated by the South Carolina House eliminates $800,000 in essential funding for domestic violence organizations providing services to victims and their children. Last year, this funding supported crucial needs in communities across the state including repairs to shelter buildings, transportation and prevention programming in schools.

The need to support victims of domestic violence remains critical. In the last year, domestic violence organizations answered 19,858 hotline calls and provided emergency shelter to 3,288 victims and their children. On one day in September 2016, they were unable to respond to 44 requests for assistance due to lack of capacity, 86% of these requests were for housing.

We need you to contact your South Carolina House representative to tell them how important these services are to victims in your community. Urge them to support the provisos being introduced that will preserve this funding in the House budget. Follow these simple steps to make your voice heard:

1. Call or email your House Representative. Click here to find your legislator and contact them TODAY.
2. Share this call to action with your friends and family through your social media and urge them to participate too.

SCCADVASA is the collective voice to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in South Carolina. Join with us and our member organizations to build healthy communities free of domestic and sexual violence.

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Welcome to our 2017 Webinar Series! We offer FREE webinars, on topics ranging from racial justice, how to engage men, coordinated community response teams, and back to school prevention techniques all to help build knowledge and capacity in your services and advocacy. Our webinars are open to the public, so feel free to share with your friends and colleagues. These webinars are approved for VSP continuing education credit and usually last between 1-1 ½ hours.

Happy Women's History Month! Racial Justice: Part 2 is the second part of our two-part series on racial justice taught by Dr. Valerie Ekue. It will be on March 17, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. This webinar will include:

  • Participants will examine the historical impact of the feminist movement on women’s liberation.
  • Participants will examine the intersectionality of sexism, class oppression and racism which led to the black feminist movement.
  • Participants will gain increase knowledge around the color blindness approach which caused women of color to feel excluded from the feminist movement; thus experiencing increased exposure to domestic and sexual violence.
  • Participants will explore ways to address cultural humility and increase inclusivity for all survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 

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Registration is currently open for the Victim Service Provider Basic Training (VSP).  In an effort to make the VSP Basic Certification Training more accessible, SCCADVASA has reorganized the manner in which this training will be provided.

The in-person required hours will be one day, and will run from 9:00am-3:15pm, on Friday, March 24, 2017 in Columbia, SC. The online session is approximately 13 ½ hours and should be completed at your own pace, but prior to attending the in-person training. To access the online training, login to sc.coalitionmanager.org and select the Trainings tab, then Basic Training for Victim Service Providers.  Once you have completed the online portion of the training, you will need to login to sc.coalitionmanager.org and register for the in-person portion.  If you or your staff have questions please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Reminder:
Step 1:  View and complete the online training.
Step 2:  Register for the in-person training. (*Do not register for in-person, until you have completed the online potion of the training.)
Step 3:  Apply for Victim Service Provider(VSP) number through OVSEC .

2017 In-person VSP dates:
March 24, 2017
May 12, 2017
August 11, 2017
November 10, 2017

Training Location: (All trainings will be held at this location in Columbia, SC.)
Sisters of Charity
2711 Middleburg Dr.
Suite 115
Columbia, SC 29204

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Welcome to our 2017 Webinar Series! We offer FREE webinars, on topics ranging from racial justice, how to engage men, coordinated community response teams, and back to school prevention techniques all to help build knowledge and capacity in your services and advocacy. Our webinars are open to the public, so feel free to share with your friends and colleagues. These webinars are approved for VSP continuing education credit and usually last between 1-1 ½ hours.

February and March will be a two-part series on racial justice by our own Dr. Valerie Ekue. Racial Justice: Part 1 will be on February 24, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. This webinar will include:

  • Participants will gain keen insights into racial and social justice as it relates to the women’s liberation movement.
  • Participants will understand how intentional and institutional racism impacts the lives of domestic and sexual assault survivors and how differently this looks for women of color who may experience different outcomes and encounter episodes of repeat victimization.
  • Participants will explore ways to increase social justice and equality for marginalized and unserved survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Participants will explore ways to address cultural diversity within the feminist movement and build collaborative working relationships; thus improving the lives of women of color moving forward. 

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Welcome to our 2017 Webinar Series! On the 3rd Friday of each month, we offer FREE webinars, on topics ranging from racial justice, how to engage men, coordinated community response teams, and back to school prevention techniques all to help build knowledge and capacity in your services and advocacy. Our webinars are open to the public, so feel free to share with your friends and colleagues. These webinars are approved for VSP continuing education credit and usually last between 1-1 ½ hours.

Since January is Stalking Awareness Month, the first in the series is entitled Stalking and Tech Safety. This webinar will discuss:

  • What stalking is, how common it is, and what are some of the tactics used
  • State and federal laws around harassment and stalking
  • Deeper understanding of online stalking and tech safety tips
  • Your own tips and discover new tools for intervention strategies to support survivors and keep offenders accountable

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1BlueStringHubCity is hosting a one of a kind singer/songwriter competition on Jan. 1, 2017!

The competition is open to residents of Spartanburg and surrounding areas, age 18 and older, individuals, duets, or groups. Song must be an original piece about this year's theme: HOPE.

(for registration, official rules, and prizes, visit www.1bluestringhubcity.com)

At least 1 in 6 men have had unwanted sexual experiences, including abuse and assault. 1BlueString asks guitarists to replace one of their six strings with a blue string to support them. See more HERE

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Welcome to Our New Website!

Phew! We are so relieved and excited to finally have our new and improved website up and running. We wanted to make sure that it was more user friendly and allowed the viewer to find exactly what they were looking for without having to dig around too much.

Here are just a few of the features we love: 

  • The blog posts

  • The website is multi-lingual

  • We get to highlight our 3 major initiatives, Advocacy, Education and Collaboration and really let the public know what our work entails

  • The new interactive member organization map

So go ahead. Take a look around and let us know what you think. We love it and we hope you will too!

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