Since 1982, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition (SHRCC) has assisted victims of interpersonal violence in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties. This is a crucial program due to epidemic levels domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. According to the FBI, South Carolina has the highest rate of women murdered by men.
SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition provides vital services for the victims that include 24 hour crisis counseling, case management, therapy, court advocacy, hospital accompaniment, education and prevention programs. Victims in eminent danger are assisted in a 52 bed emergency shelter with food, shelter, and other supportive services to for the adults and their children. Not every family needs emergency shelter, however, it can be the turning point for those who utilize the service. For children, the shelter may be the first time they have seen people resolve conflict without violence, or learn that they are not alone with their problems.
Victims at the shelter have access to complete wrap-around services. They receive food, shelter, 24-hour access to a case manager and therapists are available for adults and their children. A child advocate works with the families, schools, other service providers, and a living skills coordinator aids victims in becoming self-sufficient.
In 2015, SHRCC provided emergency shelter for 304 victims of violence and their children.