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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Sexual Abuse Prevention, Sexual Assault Services, Spouse Abuse Prevention

Mission: To provide temporary shelter, counseling and assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Aiken, Barnwell, Allendale, Saluda, McCormick, and Edgefield counties, and to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault through counseling of offenders and education of the general public.

Target demographics: women, their children, and men break the cycle of violence in their lives

Geographic areas served: Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick, Saluda; South Carolina

Programs: •Crisis intervention/ counseling to domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their families on a 24-hour basis •Access to a 24-hour crisis hotline •Hospital accompaniment on a 24-hour basis •Access to our emergency shelter •Provide, arrange or facilitate follow-up services including: •Legal advocacy and accompaniment •Peer support •Long-term and short-term counseling •Information and referral to appropriate agencies •Support groups for survivors and (non-offending) family members •Group counseling program for domestic violence offenders

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cumbee Center does some fantastic work for their region in advocating for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The fact that they also have a program for batterers is stunningly progressive for the area and is the kind of proactivity that is needed in the social services arena. The staff is professional and caring and the volunteers are well-trained, compassionate, and reliable. Clients of the Cumbee Center can be assured that anyone associated with the organization has their best interests in mind and they will be able to develop the skills and find the resources they need to recover, heal and move on from trauma in their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cumbee Center reaches out to those who have been victim of what we hope never happens to any of us. It takes alot of courage to walk in a hospital room and speak to someone who is not only hurt, but ashamed and humiliated to be there. These women often love the one who abused them, and don't want to admit the truth, yet the danger of the situation often forces them to face it. Usually women have no other option but to return back and hope it doesn't happen again because of a lack of money or emotional strength. That's where Cumbee Center steps up to the plate, to offer them a safe haven and opportunities to get on their feet and become independent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cumbee Center and the services they provide are vital to the community. Their staff is motivated and driven, it shows through the work they do for their clients and out in the community.

When deciding where I wanted to volunteer I searched and searched then the Cumbee Center popped up in my search engine. It was an obvious choice to give back to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault being that I have been through various forms of abuse myself.

The Cumbee Center requires their volunteers to attend a 25 hour volunteer training. I learned things about domestic violence and sexual assault that I never thought about before. The trainers really helped me look at all viewpoints to fully understand what a survivor is going through.

I currently volunteer for the Cumbee Center on a monthly basis helping out in the office, hosting support groups at the shelter and advocating for a victim at the hospital.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oh my, where do I begin. I have depended on this GREAT organization for years while serving as the Victim Advocate for Barnwell County Sheriff's Office. They have helped so many victims from our County. The Cumbee Center is such an important organization. All of the employees are always willing to help. I wish they could get more funding for all of the awesome services that they provide. I don't know what we would do without them. Thank you Cumbee a Center for always taking care of victim's needs. Thank you Kaye Mixson, Jessica Pierce-Coach, and all of the other fantastic staff.