- To provide a continuum of services for victims of domestic violence and their children.
- To eliminate cultural acceptance of domestic violence through a coordinated community response, prevention and education.
- To influence a culture where all people feel safe and valued in their relationships.
Safe Harbor is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which provides safe shelter, counseling and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and provides leadership for education and prevention efforts throughout its four-county service area – Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens, South Carolina. Safe Harbor is a community catalyst, inspiring and collaborating with community partners to break the cycle of domestic violence and achieve a safe and nurturing community for all families.
All of our services are free of charge. Safe Harbor is funded by the United Way, government grants and contracts, private foundations and community donations.
Safe Harbor offers a continuum of services, including:
Prevention Services – Safe Harbor offers a dating violence education program entitled The Relationship Education Project (REP). REP is presented in high schools and middle schools throughout Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. REP educators talk with students about characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, the cycle of abuse and the warning signs of relationship violence. The conversation also includes current stories regarding dating abuse and explains what students can do if they or someone they know is involved in an abusive relationship. REP is currently offered in 1, 5, or 8 class sessions. REP empowers students to make healthy relationship choices and to take this knowledge into the larger community in order to help their friends and peers remain safe.
24/7 Help Line – Safe Harbor operates a 24/7 line for victims of domestic violence in crisis. Victims are able to speak with a trained staff member or volunteer who conducts a brief assessment of their current situation, assists them in accessing Safe Harbor services, offers emergency safety planning tips and makes referrals as needed.
Emergency Shelter – Safe Harbor provides emergency safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children who are in crisis. During their shelter stay (averaging 6-8 weeks), each client works with Safe Harbor’s professional staff to identify needs and set goals. Clients receive individual and group counseling, case management, referrals, advocacy, and all basic living necessities during their shelter stay. Follow-up support is available for clients who have completed their stay. All services are free of charge for victims and their children. Our three shelters are located in Greenville (34-bed shelter) and Anderson (20-bed shelter) and Oconee County (16-bed shelter).
Transitional Housing – Safe Harbor’s Housing Assistance Program is a comprehensive, long-term program, available to survivors of domestic violence. It provides secure and stable housing to survivors and their children by providing rental and utility assistance for an average time frame of eighteen months. Safe Harbor provides counseling, case management (with an emphasis on financial stability) and goal-setting for clients throughout their time in the program.
Order of Protection Assistance – Safe Harbor assists victims of domestic violence in Greenville County who are seeking an Order of Protection through Family Court. Our community advocate works with victims to file for an Order of Protection hearing through Family Court, offers support and guidance, and makes appropriate referrals for other services as needed. All services are free of charge.
Counseling – Safe Harbor provides confidential counseling for victims of domestic violence. Clients receive domestic violence education and safety planning in order to help them gain the skills necessary to handle the crisis they are currently facing. Community Counseling offices are located in each of the four counties in our service area – Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens. All services are free of charge.
Education & Outreach – Safe Harbor’s goal is to reach its surrounding community by providing education and awareness regarding the issue of domestic violence and Safe Harbor’s mission. Staff members are available to discuss a range of topics and to offer domestic violence education and information about Safe Harbor’s services through speaking engagements, professional trainings, workshops and awareness campaigns. Education and outreach is also provided through Safe Harbor’s brochures and written materials, website, blog, newsletters, press releases and social media outlets.
Resale Shop – Safe Harbor’s Resale Shop (located at 2111-J N. Pleasantburg Rd. in Greenville) plays an important role in supporting Safe Harbor’s mission, generating profits that support Safe Harbor’s services for victims and providing vouchers for clients and their children to shop for clothing and needed items free of charge during their shelter stay.
Contact us 24/7 at 1.800.291.2139 if you need our help.