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Pee Dee Coalition opened New Beginnings Transitional Shelter for abused women and their children on June 1 in the newly renovated Thurman-Steele House in Marlboro County.  New Beginnings Transitional Shelter includes a 5,159 square-foot, two-story house, five acres of fenced land, a children’s playground, and a gated-electronic entrance security system to provide a comfortable and safe environment for up to 12 women, including children. The Marlboro County facility represents an important addition to the Coalition’s existing emergency shelter program—which began in 1989 with an emergency safe shelter at an undisclosed location—and now enables the Coalition to provide safe living space on a temporary basis for up to 37 survivors.

When an abused woman has stayed in an emergency shelter for the maximum number of days, or has left an abusive situation and is no longer in crisis, she may have nowhere to go. At New Beginnings Transitional Shelter, such women and their children can have a place to live and access to support and resources for up to 18 months, so they can develop the life skills necessary to live independently.

Developing life skills and securing resources to live self-sufficiently takes time. A survivor may be on a waiting list for housing, trying to find employment and/or working to secure safe transportation. She may need to complete her education, open a bank account or get a driver’s license. Regardless of the specific needs, the reality is that abused women and their children sometimes need transitional shelter and services for an extended period. New Beginnings Transitional Shelter offers survivors that time and those opportunities.

“Recovering from an abusive relationship requires building a new life, and starting over is not always easy,” says Janice Hamlin, New Beginnings Shelter Services Coordinator. “This takes time in a safe and supportive environment such as New Beginnings." Made possible through support from the Victims of Crime Act, as well as private donations and volunteer assistance from the community, New Beginnings Transitional Shelter offers the location as well as professional support services.

A public event to celebrate the shelter’s opening is being planned for fall, in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At that time, Pee Dee Coalition will also host a ceremony to formally commemorate the shelter’s playground, which is being named “Iyana’s Playground” in memory of eight-year-old Iyana Lowery and her mother Ella, who were murdered in Marlboro County earlier this month.

Support New Beginnings

For more information, please contact Janice Hamlin at or 843-669-4964.

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Safe Passage is celebrating 25 years of service to survivors in the area surrounding Rock Hill, SC. They began as a program of the Salvation Army helping domestic violence victims and became a stand-alone agency in 1992 under the name Tri-County Sisterhelp. Safe Passage has been providing services to victims of sexual trauma and child abuse since merging with the Sexual Assault Resource Center in 2005.

Safe Passage was established for the purpose of offering supportive services to families living in abuse so they could make changes in their lives and eliminate violence. They work every day to empower survivors, eliminate abuse, engage the community, and engender change.

Program services include emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their minor children, adult and child counseling, advocacy, 24-hour hospital accompaniment for sexual assault victims, community referrals, education, support groups, and parenting classes. Services which are offered for shelter residents are also available for non-residential clients.

All of their services are free and provided without regard to income, age, sex, ethnicity, limited English proficiency, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or disability. Their 24-hour emergency shelter is the only domestic violence shelter available to victims in York, Chester, Union and Lancaster counties.

Safe Passage also maintains a 24-hour crisis line and accompany victims of sexual assault during their medical exams in order to provide advocacy and support during the aftermath of the assault.  They provide counseling services and court accompaniment for victims.

Community education and outreach to the counties in their service area is available upon request in order to prevent interpersonal violence, promote our services, increase awareness around violence and its effects in our community, and encourage community support for survivors of interpersonal violence.

Safe Passage

Join Safe Passage on August 10, 2017 for a night of dinner, dancing, drinks and a raffle to celebrate this momentous occasion. Admission is $25 per person. Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased via Eventbrite or the day of the event. If you have any questions please contact Shelby Lewis at 803-329-3336 or


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Our country's investment in programs to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault costs each American $1.48 per year, less than one cup of coffee.  For the cost of a cup of coffee per week, you can support the advocacy and education that will help us build a safer South Carolina.

We are launching a new fundraising campaign to raise funds and awareness for SCCADVASA. Your monthly gift will provide sustaining support to the vital ongoing work that raises the voices of survivors in the policy decisions that impact the safety of our communities for everyone.  No gift is too small.  With your continued support, we can work to prevent the devastating impact that domestic and sexual violence causes to individual lives and the fabric of our society.

We work hard to increase the capacity of local community organizations to effectively provide life-saving and healing services to survivors across our state through AdvocacyCollaboration and Education.  These three words encompass SCCADVASA's work and guide us forward.

Become a regular by joining our sustainer program. Sign up below to commit to a recurring donation and help us raise the voices of survivors and those who are working to build paths to healing. It will take the whole community to end domestic and sexual violence. Thank you for standing with us.

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Our June webinar will be on June 23, 2017 from 10:00AM - 11:00AM. Lindsey Jacobs with SC Victims Assistance Network (SCVAN) will give an overview of orders of protection and restraining orders. This webinar will address 2015 changes to the law, RO's verses DVPO's in practice and problem areas. The importance of mutual restraining orders, jurisdiction questions and strategic appeals will also be addressed. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the webinar with at least one question in mind relating to restraining and/or protective orders.

This webinar is FREE to the public, but if you have not previously registered for our training registration system, Coalition Manager, you can do that on our Coalition Manager member sign-up page. Be sure to add us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events and trainings.

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SCCADVASA has had several roundtables for member organizations that provide training, capacity building and resource sharing around various victim service provider roles, such as a Volunteer Coordinator Roundtable, Clinicians Roundtable and the College Consortium, to name a few. Beginning in March 2017, SCCADVASA added a new roundtable to it's lineup: Centering Voices. The purpose of this roundtable is to connect SCCADVASA’s member organizations and representatives from local LGBTQ+ organizations to foster a space of education and advocacy to understand the unique barriers faced by this underserved community in order to create more inclusive services, share resources, and bring awareness.

Why "Centering Voices?" We believe that it is crucial to center the voices of this community and other traditionally marginalized, undeserved and unheard communities in order to identify barriers and create effective change that will allow folks to more easily and safely access victim services. We also hope to establish a space where representatives from member organizations, allies, and LGBTQ+ individuals can connect and collaborate on community projects and initiatives and to ensure all services, programs, and curriculum are inclusive, culturally humble and trauma-informed.

In honor of Pride Month, we would like to extend the invitation to anyone already working in or with the LGBTQ+ community or anyone working with victims of intimate partner or sexual violence to join the conversation. Your voice is important to us and as we learn and grow together, we are growing our services and access to the queer community in South Carolina. Help us keep folks safer and braver than before. If you're interested in attending a meeting or would like more information, please contact Page Chilton, Community Change and Communications Coordinator at

Upcoming Meetings:

June 13 12:30-2:30
September 12 12:30-2:30
December 12 12:30-2:30

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