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V. Susan Alford, State Director  

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What is the purpose of this service?

The purpose of this program is to assist in the prevention, reduction, and elimination of family violence and ensure the accessibility of emergency shelters and supporting treatment services.

Who can receive these services?

Individuals who can receive these services include victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as, perpetrators of domestic violence.

How are the services provided?

Domestic Violence Services are provided by emergency shelter programs and batterer intervention programs.

What services are offered?

  • Information and Referral
  • Non-residential Services
  • Victim Needs Assessment
  • Case Management/Follow Up
  • Temporary Shelter Service
  • Emergency Shelter for Victims & Their Children
  • Transitional Housing
  • Support/Psycho-educational Groups
  • Support Counseling/Children Counseling
  • Legal and Medical Advocacy
  • Assistance with obtaining Housing and Employment
  • Community Awareness and Public Education
  • Transportation Services
  • 24 Hour Hotline/Crisis Intervention

How to inquire about services?

  • Contact the Department of Social Services at 803-898-7318
  • Contact the National Domestic Violence Hot Line Number at 1-800-799 (SAFE) 7233
  • For emergencies contact the Domestic Violence Shelter in your area or CALL 911
  • Please view the Domestic Violence Brochure below for emergency shelter information.

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More Information and Resources


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  • Report State Agency Fraud (Office of the Inspector General)

Mailing Address

Mildred Washington, Program Director
Adult Services & Domestic Violence Programs
Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520

Kimberly Feeney, Family Violence Prevention and Services Act State Administrator
Domestic Violence Programs
Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
(803) 898-7477


(803) 898-7318


(803) 898-7641