Meet the Education Team!

Beyond Abuse provides a variety of programs to schools and community organizations such as civic groups, day cares, law enforcement, medical professionals and social service agencies.  All curricula for daycare/schools/colleges are age appropriate and developmentally suitable for the population in which we serve.  Topics include safe vs. unsafe touch, identifying perpetrators, personal rights, laws/statistics/definitions of sexual assault, substance abuse/use, risk reduction behaviors, etc.  Presentations are designed to promote positive attitudes, behaviors and social conditions that will reduce the perpetration of sexual violence, increase the number of victim disclosures and increase referrals for victim services (i.e., counseling, advocacy, specialized children’s services).  For the 12 months ending Sept 2018, the Education Program at Beyond Abuse conducted 258 programs and reached 21,564 children and adults in the three county service area.

From left to right: Melissa Macias, Jeremiah Grooms, and Claire Weiters

Melissa Macias
A graduate of Lander University with a BS in psychology, Melissa joined the agency in 2018 as an Education Specialist.  She focuses on outreach and awareness programs for schools in our service area.  She is a member of the Chamber’s Connect Young Professionals (CYP) group and recently achieved her Victim Services Provider (VSP) certification.  Her hobbies include reading, baking, and spending quality time with her family and fiancé.
Jeremiah Grooms
Jeremiah joined the Beyond Abuse staff as an Education Specialist in 2018. A developing passion for social justice, community cooperation, and youth development led him into the non-profit world after graduation. Jeremiah received a B.S. in Criminology from Lander University with minors in Political Science, Sociology, and Homeland Security. He is an outdoorsman, huge fan of coffee, musician, and husband to an incredible wife.
Claire Weiters
A graduate of Lander University with a BS in Early Childhood Education, Claire joined the agency in 2017.  A passion for working with children led her to focus on primary prevention.  Claire provides multi-session educational programs primarily to elementary and middle school students. She also represents the agency at Greenwood Community Indicators Project.  She enjoys spending time with her family and dog Harvey, cooking and planting flowers.




GMFCU does it again!! Another much appreciated donation Nov 2018

Our wonderful friends at the Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union made another generous gift to the agency.

A BIG heartfelt thanks to everyone.

Pictured below are Samantha Byrd with GMFCU and Alison Romagnoli with Beyond Abuse.


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Beyond Abuse hosts Cultural Competence Training

On October 13, Beyond Abuse hosted a Cultural Competence Training for Multi-disciplinary Team Members and staff. The workshop focused on communication with the Deaf Population and was conducted by HIT Services (Houchens Interpretations & Translations) out of Greenville, SC. 

We’re grateful for organizations like HIT that enable us to serve our local community better! 


HIT Services provides comprehensive language services (translation and interpreting) geared to help organizations and businesses advance in our diverse and globalized society.

Beyond Abuse participates in Greenwood YMCA Fall Festival

We loved being part of the largest Greenwood YMCA Fall Festival to date!

Some of our incredible staff (aka: the Flintstones) earned the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for their costume creativity:

The winning creation featuring Fred, Wilma, Bamm-Bamm, Barney, Betty, Pebbles, and Dino



Thanks to the Greenwood YMCA for hosting this community event – we had a great time!

P.S. Beyond Abuse has won back-to-back costume contests (2017 & 2018). We look forward to next year’s competition *wink wink* 


Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Receives Training on Sexual Assault Response

On Tuesday, 10/16 and Thursday, 10/17 Laurens County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) conducted a Sexual Assault Response training for the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Community Services Division.  During this training Laurens County SART members from Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, SC Attorney General’s Office, Greenville Health System, and Beyond Abuse presented information to attendees on responding to and providing best practices services to sexual assault victims in the front line.   The training was accredited through the SC Attorney General’s Office & the SC Criminal Justice Academy so that attendees could receive continuing education.  This training is a pilot training that our Laurens County SART hopes to grow and provide across the state to other Law Enforcement agencies.

Members of the Laurens County SART include:
Michael Polson, Investigator at Laurens County Sheriff’s Office
Jared Hunnicutt, Investigator at Laurens County Sheriff’s Office
Angela Holley, RN, SANE for Greenville Health System
Elizabeth Wise, Victim Services Manager at Beyond Abuse
Jessica Bell, Client Services Director at Beyond Abuse
Julie Kate Keeney, Assistant Solicitor for the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Rhetta Christian, Victim Advocate for the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Shannon Palm, VAWA Coordinator for the SC Attorney General’s Office

Spooktacular Night of Music

Join us next Thursday, October 25th for a night of free music at Howard’s On Main! Grab a friend, come say hello, and enjoy the cool weather!

Project Linus Blankets donated

Carol Scales, Chapter Coordinator for Project Linus, dropped off blankets for the child clients that need some additional comfort while receiving clinical services at the agency. All blankets are lovingly handmade by “Blanketeers” who generously donate their time, talents, and supplies.

The staff members at Beyond Abuse want to thank the “Blanketeers” for this wonderful gift!!

For more information on Project Linus please contact Carol at 864 227 7364 or