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.

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 2019, SCCADVASA provided over 750+ hours of professional capacity building assistance to improve victim services, trained over 2300 victim service professionals and advocates and distributed approximately 5,000 SCCADVASA brochures and tip sheets on promising practices. 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
Valerie Ekue
Director of Member Support & Community Justice
Patricia Ravenhorst
General Counsel & Director of Systems Advocacy
Natalie Sonek
Program Coordinator for Systems & Data
Marie McDonald
Program Coordinator for Language Access & Trafficking Survivors
Hannah Stewart
Program Coordinator for Prevention & Specialized Advocacy
Tricia Phaup
Director of Training & Prevention
Amra Marshall
Program Coordinator for Membership & Housing Project
Kharimah Dessow
Staff Attorney
Peggy Chavis
Program & Administrative Assistant
Ashley Walker
Program Coordinator for Training & Technology

SCCADVASA's 2020 Board of Directors

Greg Alexander
Yemassee Police Department
Scott Ballew
Strategic Wealth Financial Group
Eleanor "Cole" Boyle
Jason Bradley
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Daniel Brownstein
Richardson, Patrick, Westbook, & Brickman, LLC
Nan Ford
Rachel Hair
First Community Bank
Daniel Kadar
Assurance Financial - Columbia
Ronald King
City of Columbia Community Development Department
Doug Pardue
Retired Journalist
Sheila Willis
Fisher Phillips
Beth Young
Jessica Coach
DV Interest Group Chair (Membership Representative)
Cumbee Center
Tracy Bowie
SA Interest Group Chair (Membership Representative)
Rape Crisis Center of Horry and Georgetown Counties
Tosha Connors
Member-at-Large (Membership Representative)
My Sister's House