Help for Victims

Domestic violence occurs when one person, in an intimate partner relationship, uses abuse to gain or maintain power and control over the other partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and financial. No matter what form it takes, abuse usually does not get better on its own and typically gets worse over time.

The signs of domestic violence can be different in every relationship. Below is a list of behaviors an abuser might display:

  • Hits, kicks, bites or chokes partner
  • Throws or breaks things
  • Threatens to hurt or harm partner or partner’s family
  • Destroys property or sentimental objects
  • Prevents you from leaving the house
  • Controls who you see and what you do
  • Calls you names or puts you down
  • Monitors your phone and phone calls
  • Causes problems for you at work or school
  • Controls your money, takes away or withholds money from you
  • Threatens suicide if you leave the relationship

If you or someone you know needs help with domestic violence there is a free and confidential hotline that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

The South Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) also has information for victims and their friends or family.


Beyond Abuse
Sexual Assault Services – Greenwood, Laurens, and Abbeville
Phone: 864-227-1623 Hotline: 864-227-1623

CASA/Family Systems
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services -Orangeburg, Calhoun, and Bamberg
Phone: 803-534-2448 Hotline: 1-800-298-7228

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse
Domestic Violence Services – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper
Phone: 843-770-1074 Hotline: 843-770-1070

Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
Domestic Violence Services – Aiken, Barnwell and Allendale
Sexual Assault Services -Aiken, Barnwell, Allendale, Edgefield, Saluda, and McCormick
Phone: 803-649-0480 Hotline: 803-641-4162

Family Justice Center
Domestic Violence Services – Horry and Georgetown
Phone: 843-546-3926 Hotline: 843-546-3926

Family Resource Center
Sexual Assault Services – Kershaw and Lee
Phone: 803-425-4357 Hotline: 1-800-585-4455

Foothills Alliance
Sexual Assault Services – Anderson and Oconee
Phone: 864-231-7273 Hotline: 1-800-585-8952

Julie Valentine Center
Sexual Assault Services – Greenville
Phone: 864-331-0560 Hotline: 864-467-3633

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry: Children’s Advocacy and Rape Crisis Center
Sexual Assault Services – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper
Phone: 843-524-2256 Hotline: 1-800-637-7273

Laurens County Safe Home
Domestic Violence Services – Saluda, Abbeville, and Laurens
Phone: 864-682-7270 Hotline: 866-598-5932

Meg’s House
Domestic Violence Services – McCormick, Edgefield, and Greenwood
Phone: 864-227-1421 Hotline: 1-800-447-7992

My Sister’s House
Domestic Violence Services – Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester
Phone: 843-747-4069 Hotline: 1-800-273-4673

Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault Services – Lancaster, Chester, and Fairfield
Phone: 803-286-5232 Hotline: 1-888-790-8532

Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault
Domestic Violence Services – Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, and Williamsburg
Sexual Assault Services – Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Williamsburg, and Clarendon
Phone: 843-669-4694 Hotline: 1-800-273-1820

People Against Rape
Sexual Assault Services – Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester
Phone: 843-577-9882 Hotline: 843-745-0144

Pickens County Advocacy Center
Sexual Assault Services – Pickens
Phone: 864-442-5500 Hotline: 864-442-5500

Rape Crisis Center
Sexual Assault Services – Horry and Georgetown
Phone: 843-448-3180 Hotline: 843-448-7273

Safe Harbor
Domestic Violence Services – Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson
Phone: 864-467-1177 Hotline: 1-800-291-2139

SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition
Domestic Violence Services – Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union
Sexual Assault Services – Spartanburg and Cherokee
Phone: 864-583-9803 Hotline: 1-800-273-5066

Safe Passage Inc.
Domestic Violence Services – York, Chester, and Lancaster
Sexual Assault Services – York and Union
Phone: 803-329-3336 Hotline: 1-800-659-0977

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Sexual Assault Services – Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Sumter
Richland and Lexington Hotline: 803-771-RAPE (7273) Newberry and Sumter Hotline: 1-800-491-RAPE (7273)

Domestic Violence Services – Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield, and Kershaw
Phone: 803-926-0505 Hotline: 1-800-637-7606

YWCA of the Upper Lowlands
Domestic Violence Services – Sumter, Lee, and Clarendon
Phone: 803-773-7158 Hotline: 803-775-2763


Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.