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Featured Image for March Webinar: Preventing Sexual Violence in Online Dating
Our next free webinar will be presented by Nyomi Guzman, our Prevention and Inclusion Specialist on March 29, 2018 from 10:00am - 11:00am where we will discuss the intricacies and increase of online dating and sexual assault in our society. Attendees will learn how to identify the drawbacks along with benefits of online dating. We will talk about how to distinguish between the various kinds of online abuse and gain a deeper understanding of sexual violence prevention.
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Featured Image for What Can You Do to Prevent Sexual Violence?

As a response to the ever growing and impactful #MeToo movement, we’re launching a campaign, calling South Carolinians to action, to publicly declare what they #CanDo. Let's start a conversation about things we can do to respond to and prevent sexual violence. The campaign will take place on social media, meaning we will post your photo and your quote on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The campaign will launch at the beginning of April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). If you would like to participate, we need a photo (or selfie) you want to use, and a quote about what you #CanDo to prevent sexual violence, change culture and support survivors. You can participate as a group or as individuals.

What do you think? This year’s nationwide SAAM theme is Embrace Your Voice, and we believe that your voice has the power to change culture and help prevent sexual assault in South Carolina! Join us by emailing your #CanDo quote and photo by mid-March to! Also, please share this around in your various networks: friend, family, faith and professional communities. We want this to be HUGE!

For more insight to what the campaign will look like, you can see what MECASA has done!



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Featured Image for Charleston Silver Lady & Her Southern Pearls Fundraiser

Join The Charleston Silver Lady and her Southern Pearls on January 28, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00pm in Columbia, SC for a special event benefiting SCCADVASA.

The Charleston Silver Lady will present a 90 minute program about items from her personal collection of storied silver. The Charleston Silver Lady is a nationally renowned expert on antique silver.

The goal of this event is to raise $10,000 for SCCADVASA. In addition to the Charleston Silver Lady's appearance, the venue, raffle prizes and refreshments are all being donated with 100% of proceeds going directly to support the work of SCCADVASA.

$425 includes a table of 8 seats and 1 verbal appraisal of 1 piece of silver by the Charleston Silver Lady.

$45 will reserve an individual seat for the presentation. For an additional $25, a verbal appraisal of one piece of silver can be purchased (only a limited number of appraisals are available and are only available with the purchase of at least one ticket to the event).

A range of pearl jewelry will be available from the Charleston Silver Lady for sale at the event. The pearls used are purchased directly from pearl divers from various countries and reflect the unique waters of their origin. All proceeds from these sales will benefit SCCADVASA.

Raffle tickets are $5 each at the event. Prizes include: a string of pearls donated by Ms. Corley with a retail value of $450 and a facial with a brow wax donated by Jennifer Griffitt.

This is the experience of a lifetime that you won't want to miss!

Get Your Tickets Today!

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Featured Image for TOMORROW is #GivingTuesday!

TOMORROW is #GivingTuesday!


Tomorrow is the day for our holiday #GivingTuesday!

Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help us continue to amplify the voices of survivors and advocate for their rights. From partnering with the Governor's Domestic Violence Task Force to get new laws passed, to working with the Attorney General's Human Trafficking Project, we advocate for best practices, policies and procedures for all systems working with survivors.

So what can YOU do?

Tomorrow, as people across the world support various causes, here are some ways YOU can gear up for #GivingTuesday:

• Donate or become a sustainer
• Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
for exciting updates
• Share this message with friends and family
challenging them to give

For the price of less than a cup of coffee per month, you can help make real, lasting change in the lives of survivors. Let’s do this!

Join the Movement

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Featured Image for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is here! This year at SCCADVASA, our theme for DVAM is Safety and Justice. In the past we’ve focused on social media awareness campaigns, but we want to go beyond awareness and work toward bringing education and training to our community partners statewide.

We will be focusing on justice; economic, social, legal, etc. and how we can work together as a community to create safer systems. Our aim is to build the knowledge and capacity of community partners in order to provide trauma-informed care for our survivors when having to navigate these systems.

One of the most important things we believe we can do to support the work of our member organizations is by helping get the word out about events they have organized in their communities during October to bring awareness. Check out our calendar to see what's going on in your area!

Upcoming SCCADVASA Events:

DVAM Images for Social Media:

DVAM 2017 Poster - Safety and Justice

SCCADVASA - Facebook


SCCADVASA - Instagram




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Featured Image for Self-Care and Cultural Safety in Victim Services

September's webinar is Self-Care and Cultural Safety in Victim Services. Our webinars are FREE and open to the public. We also provide 1 OVSEC approved credit hour for your continued learning credits. Practicing and encouraging radical self-care in the work place is a key aspect of pursuing cultural safety and trauma-informed care.

Participants will first explore the goal of cultural safety in victim service provision using the framework of cultural humility. Cultural safety is “an environment that is spiritually, socially and emotionally safe, as well as physically safe for people; where there is no assault challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience of learning together” (Williams, 1999). Participants will learn to use the practice of cultural humility, viewing themselves as partners in the helping relationship rather than the expert; one outcome of this practice is that survivors are empowered to build collaborative safety and/or treatment plans.

The practice of cultural humility is rooted in critical self-reflection and self-care. Therefore, participants will explore strategies for practicing radical—rather than reactive—self-care in their relationships with victims, with coworkers, and with themselves. Some tactics will include mindfulness exercises, tactile stress management tools, and reflective listening. The webinar ends with a period of self-reflection and personal goal-setting, allowing participants to leave with actionable strategies in practice.

Register Here

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

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Featured Image for Upcoming Victim Service Provider Basic Training

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, September 29, 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 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 call SCCADVASA and we will register you for the in-person portion. If you or your staff have questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Step 1:  View and complete the online training.
Step 2:  Register for the in-person training. (*Cannot 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:
September 29, 2017
November 10, 2017

Training Location: All trainings will be held in Columbia, SC.

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Featured Image for Beyond Abuse Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Beyond Abuse is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this month. Their mission is to lead our community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy and action. Services provided by Beyond Abuse include complete confidentiality, 24/7 crisis response, advocacy, counseling, assistance with filing victim’s compensation, and facilitation of awareness and education programs.  In addition, children ages 17 and under who are referred by law enforcement agencies or the Department of Social Services may receive forensic interviews and/or child maltreatment exams.

In 1977, they were chartered as the “Rape Crisis Council” and staffed by a group of concerned citizen volunteers to provide emergency response and advocacy to the victims of sexual violence. By 1992, they secured their 501(c)3 non-profit status and hired an Executive Director to coordinate the programs in Greenwood County. The next year, their services expanded to include Laurens County.

 The organization sought a name change in 1997, to Sexual Trauma and Counseling Center and by 1999 they had expanded even further to Abbeville County. 2003 brought a significant change as the organization added an accredited Children's Advocacy Program to their service reach.

It wasn't until 2013 that they changed their name to its current title, Beyond Abuse, to better represent the services that were being provided and the mission of the organization. This year, they opened a Client Services Center in Laurens County, to provide easier access to services for victims in surrounding area. They are also planning this year the grand opening of new Administrative Offices adjacent to the already existing Greenwood Client Services Center, renovation to the Greenwood Client Services Center to increase forensic interview and therapy capacity and, of course, their 25th anniversary celebration!

Join Beyond Abuse to help them celebrate this momentous occasion by attending their Paint and Pour!

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM.
Where: The Arts Center, 120 Main Street, Greenwood, SC

Tickets $25    ***wine and cheese provided***

Call (864) 227-1623 to reserve your seat

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Featured Image for Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders Revisited

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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Featured Image for Immigrant Crime Victims & Safe Location Planning

Spring is in the air and May is already upon us. It's time for our May webinar presented by our new Limited English Proficiency Coordinator, Kathleen Heavner James. It will be on May 19, 2017 at 10:00AM - 11:00AM.

This webinar will discuss the importance of documenting and reporting victimization and seeking support. Information will be shared on incorporating immigration fears into safety planning and knowing victim’s risk of coming into contact with ICE or being prioritized for removal or detention. The presenter will also review immigration relief forms for which survivors may qualify. Ways to leverage VAWA confidentiality laws to protect your agency and survivors will also be discussed.

If you have not previously registered for our training registration system, Coalition Manager, you can learn how on our FAQ page.

Register Here

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