South Carolina has consistently ranked in the the top 10 for domestic violence for several decades, currently our state is number 6 in the nation. This is an unacceptable statistic that our state is constantly trying to change. Through prevention work and collaboration of talented agencies throughout the state Cumbee Center plays an active role in changing this statistic. Thankfully, South Carolina has taken major steps to ultimately decrease the violence and tolerance of abuse through several initiatives that we at Cumbee Center honor every day. Cumbee Center works closely with our state coalition, SCCADVASA, to ensure we have the most efficient staff trainings, resources and support.

Initiatives have been enacted such as:
*Click the link to be directed to these initiative's web sites

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) provides for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)

These SARTs are formed throughout the nation and the state of South Carolina. These teams are comprised of professionals that are able to assist victims of sexual violence. By working together, representatives from throughout our state are able to meet on a quarterly basis to asses issues we are facing and how to best combat the epidemic of sexual violence. 

Erin's Law Training

“Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches: Students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult, school personnel all about child sexual abuse and parents or guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families. 

South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force
The South Carolina Human Trafficking Law, S.C. Code Ann. 16-3-2050(B)(1) provides that the Attorney General will chair a task force to address the crime of human trafficking in South Carolina. Task force efforts are in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies. A major endeavor noted in the law was the development of a plan to address human trafficking. 

South Carolina Domestic Violence Task Force 
The Domestic Violence Task Force was established in 2015 to comprehensively address the cultural issues surrounding domestic violence in the State of South Carolina, including social, economic, and geographic issues as well as professional standards and best practices within government and non-government organizations.