Executive Director, Cathy Miller and Board President, Travis Dover greeted dozens of well wishers who attended the expansion announcement event on December 15th. Representatives from Self Regional Healthcare’s Community Outreach Committee, who funded the project, and Sertoma, the civic organization who sold the building to Beyond Abuse were on hand. A delegation from PTC, who’s drafting and design students created the redesign of the building attended. Solicitor David Stumbo attended the event and spoke about the need for the services provided by the agency. The expansion will double the forensic interview capacity as well as increase therapy services by 30%.
Members of the community joined in the celebration and sign unveiling as Beyond Abuse announce a major expansion on Dec. 15, 2016.
Leath Correctional warden assistant, Lisa O’Dell, make a $900 donation on behalf of the inmates to the agency on July 28, 2016. The inmates raise money through various projects and then donate the funds to different charities in the community. A big heartfelt thank you to all of those involved at Leath for making this happen. Beyond Abuse currently provides group counseling and educational classes in conflict resolution to the inmates. Leath is a women’s correctional facility located in Greenwood, SC
pictured below: Cathy Miller and Lisa O’Dell
Beyond Abuse was recently awarded a $114,000 grant from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office. The funds were made available by the Victims Fines, fees, and Assessments fund which is managed by the State office of Victims Assistance (SOVA). These funds can only be used for Direct Victim Services. These funds will allow the agency to continue to offer timely services such as forensic interviews, advocacy, counseling, and crisis response to victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Greenwood County. “This is a testament to the strong and supportive working relationship that exists between the agency and law enforcement” stated Cathy Miller, Executive Director of Beyond Abuse.
pictured below presenting the check is John Long,Officer in charge of Professional standards with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s office and Cathy Miller.
Representatives from the community joined in the celebration of the official kickoff of Beyond Abuse’s new Animal Assisted Therapy program on July 12, 2016. After comments from SPF CEO Dave berry, who funded the project, the audience was given an overview of the year long process by Sexual Assault Program Director Jessica Bell. She then introduced the therapists and Handler/Animal teams who will be participating in the program.
Show Your Strength Greenwood, a campaign to engage men in prevention of violence against women and children, recently expanded its outreach efforts and presented a four part series of programs that included The Man Box, Sexual Assault, Healthy Relationships, and Bystander Intervention to 58 young men in the community that participate in the Next Level Fitness(NLF) program. NLF was created and is supervised by Jamar Crawford as a way to encourage young athletes in the community to not only to excel in athletic competition, but to become good men in the community through various discussions and character building activities. After observing the groups activities for several months at the Greenwood YMCA, Executive Director, Cathy Miller approached Coach Crawford about the partnership. Many of the young men voluntarily signed the “Real Men” pledge at the end of the multi-session series that was presented by Brandon Platt, Outreach coordinator for Beyond Abuse. For more information on this program, please contact Brandon at 864 227 1623. SYSG is being co-funded by the Greenwood County Community Foundation and The Self Family Foundation.
Pictured below are some of the participants:
Lander ROTC Cadets donated the proceeds from their 2nd annual HAVOC Endurance Run held earlier this month to Beyond Abuse.
Pictured above: Cadet Davenport, Dir Finance Laura Kazee, and Cadet Whitmire.
Crossfit of Greenwood hosted a Burpees for Babies Challenge to members and the community to raise awareness of Child Abuse. The benefit, held on Saturday May 2, 2015 raised $850 which was donated to Beyond Abuse. Beyond Abuse provides support services to victims of child abuse and sexual assault as well as offers education and awareness programs in the community. John Gary made a additional gift challenge during the event which was accepted and met by the participants. Many thanks to Justin Smith, Crossfit owner.
Brandon Platt, Outreach Coordinator with Beyond Abuse,accepts donation from Crossfit members John Gary and Brian King and owner Justin Smith.
In recognition of both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, Beyond Abuse and the Cass Elias McMather Guardian ad Litem Program are partnering to present a one hour educational session entitled “The Winds of Change: Talking About Child Sexual Abuse”.
This workshop will discuss the dynamics, prevalence, and warning signs of child sexual abuse. An overview of the South Carolina Mandated Reporter law will also be given. This workshop has been registered with the South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development for DSS child care training requirements.
The free presentation is open to the public and will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3pm in the American Veterans Auditorium of the Greenwood County Library. For more information, please call Charlotte Ehney, Children’s Advocacy Program Director for Beyond Abuse, at 864-227-1623.
Beyond Abuse is excited to announce the following updates to its staff:
Brandon Platt has joined the agency as Outreach Coordinator and will be providing awareness and educational programs in the community with focus on college campuses. Having served three years in the Peace Corps in the Ukraine as an English teacher, Brandon holds a MA Degree in European History from Indiana State University and a BA Degree in History from USC Upstate.
Jennifer Azzarano has joined the agency as Education Specialist and will be providing educational programs in the three county area with focus on k-12th grade students, faculty and administration. She served 4 years in the US Navy as a Navy Corpsman, working in direct patient care as well as education. She is currently pursuing her BS Degree in Human Services.
Katelen Barger has joined the agency as Family Advocate. In this role, she will provide support and coordinate services for victims and their families. She holds MS Degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from Clayton State University and a BS Degree in Psychology from Lander University.
Elaine Morton has joined the agency as Client Services Administrator where she will provide intake and crisis support to victims and their families.
Elizabeth Wise has been promoted to Victim Services Manager. In this role she will be responsible for Victim Advocacy including recruitment, training, and management of all volunteers. She has been with the Beyond Abuse for three years and has served as Outreach Coordinator and Victim Advocate. She holds a BS Degree in Psychology from Lander University.
Jessica Bell, Sexual Assault Program Director at Beyond Abuse, recently participated in and completed Project BEST. Project BEST is a state-wide collaborative effort to use innovative community-based dissemination, training, and implementation methods to dramatically increase the capacity of every community in South Carolina to deliver evidence-supported mental health treatments (ESTs) to every abused and traumatized child who needs them. Project BEST is coordinated by the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center in Charleston, SC and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Bell completed a nine month training program to become qualified to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). She is also now qualified to supervise other clinicians who provide TFCBT and is listed on a roster of professionals across the state of SC that are trained in providing TFCBT. Mrs. Bell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lander University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary with Beyond Abuse.