Hopeful Horizons' Emergency Shelter
Victims tell us the first time they have felt safe in months is the moment when they reach the privacy of a Hopeful Horizons’ bedroom. Finally, they can sleep peacefully, knowing they will not be terrorized or attacked.
Our comfortable, 6,000 square-foot shelter includes six bedrooms; a large living area; a children’s room; a spacious, modern kitchen where residents take turns preparing meals and a private, fenced-in play area for children. The shelter can house up to 24 residents.
Supportive counseling, therapy, a children’s activities program, victim advocacy, legal assistance and case management services can all be accessed onsite. Once approved for shelter, adult clients and their children may stay up to 60 days.
Former shelter residents can still access services through our outreach program. Often adult clients and their children will attend individual and/or group counseling after they have left the shelter.
Our staff understands that women may return to an abusive partner six to nine times before they make a final break. Former clients finding themselves in dangerous situations once more are encouraged to call for shelter without fear of prejudice.
Male victims of domestic violence and women with male children 18 or older receive other shelter options.
Supportive Counseling + Therapy/Treatment
Hopeful Horizons offers an array of supportive counseling and treatment services for adult and child survivors of domestic abuse.
Supportive Counseling is provided by masters level Counselors who help clients explore the many effects of domestic violence on their lives while reinforcing the fact that victims are not to blame for the abuse they have endured. Years of emotional abuse often leave victims unable to make decisions and insecure about their strengths and abilities. Supportive counseling can help clients rediscover the self-esteem necessary to extricate themselves and heal from abusive situations.
Therapy/Treatment is provided by licensed Therapists through the highest-quality evidence based trauma focused treatment models. Treatment can often mitigate the long term impact trauma has on victims. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) helps victims by giving them a new way to handle distressing thoughts and gain an understanding of the traumatic events. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is used for children who experience trauma as a result of witnessing domestic violence. By using the skills learned in this therapy, survivors learn how going through a trauma can change the way they look at the world, themselves, and others, which can help them heal and move forward.
Survivors can find hope and healing by sharing and listening to the experiences and insights with other survivors. Hopeful Horizons offers a weekly online support group facilitated by staff. We believe that healing is a journey and no survivor should have to walk the journey alone. This online support group offer a judgement-free, anonymous and confidential environment for survivors to feel safe and empowered. This will be a chat-style format where survivors can type questions and answers and read responses. There will not be video.
DSS Liaison Program
The DSS Liaison Program was begun by the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) in collaboration with the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA). The program provides a designated Domestic Violence Liaison to support county DSS offices. The Domestic Violence Liaison Project pairs a domestic violence advocate from each Domestic Violence Program in the state with the DSS offices in the counties they serve.
Meet our new Hopeful Horizons DSS Liaison Program staff
The case manager provides support and assistance to adult survivors residing at the shelter and on an outreach basis. The case manager works with survivors to compile a comprehensive needs assessment, identify achievable goals and helps link them to other appropriate resources in the community as needed. Goals frequently include items such as locating affordable housing, obtaining transportation, accessing child care, securing permanent employment and relocating to improve safety.
Legal Assistance + Victim Advocacy
Hopeful Horizons’ Legal Department (consisting of an attorney (welcome Melissa Arnold, Esq.), paralegal and court advocate) provides survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with free legal representation. This includes appearances in Family Court for matters related to divorce, custody, visitation, child support, separate maintenance and support, and equitable distribution matters. The legal team also assists with the filing of Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders. Additionally, survivors are provided with legal advice and representation in other civil court matters, as well as accompaniment by our legal staff to criminal and bond court hearings.
Our court advocate also provides:
Advocacy on behalf of victims to ensure that their rights are protected
Assistance with safety planning
Information and education
Assistance in applying for victim compensation programs
Referrals for emergency needs (including cell phones), pro bono attorney/legal aid, public benefits and other social services
Help for victims to navigate through the criminal justice system
Support throughout the life of the case
24/7 Support Line
To access any of our services, please call our 24/7 Support Line at 843-524-2256 or 800-868-2632.
Hopeful Horizons’ 24/7 Support Line is staffed by well trained staff and volunteers who are available around the clock to provide crisis intervention for victims of domestic violence. Having someone available around the clock to provide assistance, emotional support or to simply lend a listening ear can go a long way to paving the path towards healing.