The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, also known as CAAP, was established in 1979 by Dan Barton, a local minister and his wife, Melanie Barton, to assist victims of domestic violence. The Cumbee Center opened its first emergency shelter for battered women and their children in 1984 to shelter domestic violence victims of Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell counties.
Around the same time, the Cumbee Center started a sexual assault program to serve as the rape crisis center for Aiken County. A satellite office was opened in Edgefield to assist victims of sexual assault in Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda counties. In 1999, the Cumbee Center opened yet another satellite office in Barnwell to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Allendale and Barnwell counties.
Originally named the Coalition to Assist Abused Persons, CAAP changed its name in 1995 to the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons in honor of longtime, dedicated board member and volunteer, John Cumbee. Until his unexpected death in 1994, Mr. Cumbee assisted CAAP for several years with everything from budget matters to painting.