Countybank Foundation Donates to Beyond Abuse

Countybank Foundation Donates to Beyond Abuse

Greenwood, SC – The Countybank Foundation recently presented Beyond Abuse with a donation of $10,000.00.

Beyond Abuse is a non-profit organization that serves Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens counties.  The mission of the organization is to lead the community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy and action.

County Bank Donation

Countybank’s David Tompkins presents a check to Beyond Abuse Staff, Charlotte Ehney, Director of Children’s Advocacy; Elizabeth Wise, Victim Advocate; Cathy Miller, Executive Director

Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union makes Donation


 Each year GMFCU does a skip-a-payment program through the months of November, December, and January. This program gives their members the opportunity to skip one of their monthly loan payments. The funds collected through these months are split into different categories for donations to charities selected by the Board of Directors. GMFCU members benefit from this program as well as our community. Pictured left to right: Samantha Byrd, Marketing Specialist (GMFCU), Jessica Bell, Director of Sexual Assault Programs, Cathy Miller, Executive Director, and Laura Kazee, Director of Finance/HR.

 GMFCU donation





Sexual Assault Protocol Approved by SC Attorney General

Good morning, It is with great pleasure that I announce our first multidisciplinary South Carolina Sexual Assault Protocol has been approved by the Attorney General of South Carolina.  This tool serves as a guide for SARTs across the state to develop community based sexual assault protocols to effectively meet the needs of sexual assault victims in the state of South Carolina. Please distribute this to all professionals who work for victims of sexual assault.

Thanks to all those who worked tirelessly to make this protocol a reality.  It is my belief that working together as a team, makes us stronger and better at serving our communities.

Anne E. McKibbin, PhD, RN
SC Victim Assistance Network
Statewide FNE Coordinator
113 Executive Pointe Blvd., Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210

Ballentine Ford Toyota – Fund Raising Opportunity


A big THANK YOU to Ballentine Ford Toyota

Beyond Abuse is one of the listed organizations for Ballentine Ford/Toyota’s annual August fundraiser.  A car buyer can select a charity to receive $200 donation for each new or used vehicle that is purchased.  This is only good for the month of August.  Please let all of your friends/family/coworkers know to designate BEYOND ABUSE as their charity of choice if they are purchasing a vehicle.

Feel free to forward this email.  Let’s all be good ambassadors for the organizations and get the word out!!

Cathy L. Miller

Executive Director

Beyond Abuse names new Executive Director


The Board of Directors for Beyond Abuse has announced that Cathy Miller has been appointed Executive Director.  In this role, she will be responsible for development, implementation, funding and overall management of the on-going operations of the organization.  The appointment was effective June 16th, 2014.  Additionally, Charlotte Ehney, who served as interim director will continue to lead the child advocacy center as well as take on an expanded role to include program enhancement, expansion and funding.

Mrs. Miller, a native of Laurens County, has lived in Greenwood for the past 32 years.  She has a diverse background with many years of experience that spans Corporate Finance and Accounting, Customer Service, Development, and Sales/Marketing.  She has worked for several local firms/organizations including Greenwood Mills, Fuji Photo Film, Wesley Commons, Capsugel, and Aaron Industries.

She stated, “ I am very excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization.  The time was right for me to return to the non- profit world and to give my time and service back to the community.  Greenwood has always been caring, giving and supportive of those in need.  I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.  Knowing that I can be a small part of the network of agencies that provide support for victims in the county where I grew up and the county where I now live, is a very fulfilling way to write the next chapter in my career. I am looking forward to establishing new relationships and rekindling old ones.”

Board president, Travis Dover, stated, “The Board cast a wide net in our search for the new Executive Director and realized that we had the perfect candidate right here in Greenwood.  She has tremendous management and leadership skills and will be an excellent addition to the superb staff at Beyond Abuse.”

Beyond Abuse, is located at 115 East Alexander Avenue in Greenwood, SC and offers support services for victims of sexual assault and child abuse in Greenwood, Abbeville, and Laurens counties.  For more information please email or visit the website at



Registration Open – Interpersonal Violence Workshop

The 3rd Annual Collaborative Response to Interpersonal Violence Workshop will be help on May 14, 2014 in the James C. Self Conference Center at Piedmont Technical College.  Sessions begin at 9:oo am and include a legal track for law enforcement on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 101; and Human Trafficking.   Registration cost is $30.  Please download the  May 14, 2014 Training brochure for the registration form.  For more information , please the contact our office at 227-1623.

The Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center has become Beyond Abuse

Why “Beyond Abuse”?

The results of a 2012 Organizational Assessment revealed a level of discomfort and confusion with regard to the agency name Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center and the child advocacy program name, The Child’s Place.  A Community Awareness ad hoc committee was formed in 2013 and charged with the responsibility of determining the need for a name change and/or rebranding of the organization.  Two focus groups were held in March 2013.  The results of the focus group highlighted the concerns community leaders and partnering agencies had regarding “two names” and the “harshness” of the words “sexual trauma”.  It was concluded that the name Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center no longer described the full array of services being offered to victims, their families and the community.

Professional marketing consultants were added to the ad hoc committee and the name Beyond Abuse was selected and approved by the full Board of Directors.  A nonprofit corporation articles of amendment was filed with the State of SC Secretary of State and approved on June 13, 2013.