The Winds of Change: Talking About Child Sexual Abuse Seminar to be held

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.

Agency announces new Staff

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

 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

 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

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

 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.



BELL completes Project BEST Training

Bell BEST photo 2


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.

Great turnout!!!

The weather was perfect and the turnout was overwhelming at our Re-dedication on Aug13, 2014.  A special thanks to Mayor Adams, Rep. Riley, and Senator Nicholson for taking an active part in the ceremony.




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