Our Mission

The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) serves as the collective voice promoting the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in South Carolina.

Our Vision

A South Carolina free from domestic violence and sexual assault.

Who We Are

Established in 1981, SCCADVASA is a leader in representing the critical needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and is a pivotal voice in violence prevention. We advance our work through advocacy, education, and collaboration. See below for a listing of our Board of Directors and staff.

Our Coalition

We are an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, but our approach is highly collaborative with our 22 domestic and sexual violence members who provide direct services in communities across the state, affiliates, partners and allies. SCCADVASA is an active member of several national domestic and sexual violence networks and we work in partnership with Coalitions in all 50 states and several US territories.

What We Do

We’ve developed this infographic (click to download a PDF) to provide an overview of how our work, and the work of our member organizations, impacts survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It is our hope that this will provide a greater understanding of how we work together towards a South Carolina free from domestic and sexual violence.

Our Core Values

Our vision of a violence-free South Carolina demands united action. We believe in the value of collaboration to create change, passionate advocacy for survivors, education for prevention and the credibility that emerges from persistence. We ground our work in humility as we learn and grow, leveraging our collective leadership to influence the greater good.

Our Work

40,635 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault were served directly by member organizations and an additional 22,960 accessed 24-hr hotlines. In 2020, SCCADVASA successfully responded to over 779+ requests for technical assistance (TA) and provided professional capacity building assistance to improve victim services, trained over 1177 victim service professionals and advocates and provided additional, extensive TA on COVID-19. Find out additional statistics on domestic and sexual violence support services by clicking below.

Our Leadership & Staff 

SCCADVASA’s Board of Directors and staff work to make South Carolina safer by raising awareness, advocating for effective policies, and providing extensive training and technical assistance to member organizations’ advocates and allies.

Our Staff

Sara Barber
Executive Director
Patricia Ravenhorst
General Counsel & Director of Systems Advocacy
Marie McDonald
Program Coordinator for Language Access & Trafficking Survivors
Tricia Phaup
Director of Training & Prevention
Peggy Chavis
Program & Administrative Assistant
Charity Collier
Systems Advocacy Coordinator
Marie Sazehn
Staff Attorney

SCCADVASA's 2022 Board of Directors

Rock Amick
Big Rock Wealth Management, LLC
Scott Ballew
Strategic Wealth Financial Group
Eleanor "Cole" Reutter
Jason Bradley
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
John Giles
Elite Resort Group
Rachel Hair
First Community Bank
Ronald King
City of Columbia Community Development Department
Dr. Seulghee Lee
University of South Carolina
Brenetta Richards
BlueCross BlueSheild of South Carolina
Sheila Willis
Fisher Phillips
Beth Young
Jessica Coach
DV Interest Group Chair (Membership Representative)
Cumbee Center
Tosha Connors
Member-at-Large (Membership Representative)
My Sister's House
Chelsey Hucker
SA Interest Group Chair (Membership Representative)
Foothills Alliance