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Children who have been a victim of child physical and/or sexual abuse and reside in Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry Counties can receive services at Beyond Abuse.
Non-offending caregivers of children who have been a victim of child physical and/or sexual abuse can call (864) 227-1623 to schedule a confidential appointment for the child victim with a licensed masters-level counselor or therapist when the incident of abuse has been reported to law enforcement and/or the Department of Social Services.
All referrals for forensic interviews and child maltreatment medical exams must be made by law enforcement or the Department of Social Services.
Specialized services for children that may have a cost include:
Hospital charges for these procedures will be paid for by the South Carolina Office of Victim Assistance (SOVA) as long as the forensic evidence is collected.
As far as law enforcement is concerned, no crime has occurred. The forensic evidence collected will be stored for one year from the date it is collected to give you time to decide whether or not you want to convert the anonymous report to an active law enforcement investigation.
Once the medical examination and forensic evidence collection are completed, the medical provider will seal the forensic evidence collection kit with no name, address, or contact information on the outside. Your hospital patient account number will be placed on the outside of the kit for payment by SOVA and tracking purposes only. The sealed kit will be given to the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the location of the anonymously reported sexual assault for storage purposes only. The kit cannot be opened by anyone unless you report your case to law enforcement and initiate an active investigation. Anonymously stored sexual assault kits that are not converted to active law enforcement investigations will be destroyed one year from the date the kit was collected.
The Anonymous Reporting Option is only available to sexual assault victims age 18 and above. Mandated reporting of child abuse applies to sexual assault victims age 17 and under.
Please call (864) 227-1623 or visit our Volunteer page for more information.
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