WHAT IS THRIVE SC?
THE VALUE PROPOSITION – WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
THRIVE SC provides short-term and longer-stay transitional housing, cutting-edge services, and holistic resources for women and children survivors of domestic violence, from ALL income levels. THRIVE focuses not only on the immediate needs of safety, but also on the longer-term tools needed for a life of independence and empowerment.
THRIVE offers independent, non-communal living by replacing the traditional, shared living space setting with modern, individual efficiencies. This cutting edge approach helps residents and families to heal by providing much-needed personal space. Privacy fosters the re-establishment of dignity, as most abuse victims are deprived of personal space and are often subjected to strict and harsh rules.
THRIVE understands the importance of protecting pets from abuse (pets are usually the first targets of violence). Many victims will not flee their abusers, because they have no option but to leave their beloved animals behind. Thus, THRIVE is creating a safe haven conducive to housing and protecting furry family members, along with their humans.
THRIVE has a solid and transparent financial process with checks and balances to ensure fiscal integrity.
More than three times as many women have died in South Carolina at the hands of current or former lovers than the number of Palmetto State soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.
More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse
It’s a staggering toll that for more than 15 years has placed SC among the top 10 states nationally in the rate of women killed by men. Our state topped the list on three occasions, including as recently as last year, a murder rate for women that was more than twice the national average.
The problem has remained a constant in South Carolina, even as domestic violence rates have tumbled 64% nationwide over the past two decades.
All 46 counties in SC have at least one animal shelter to care for stray dogs and cats, but the state has only 16 domestic violence shelters. Experts say that just isn’t enough in a state that records approximately 36,000 incidents of domestic abuse every year (NOTE: most cases go unreported)
More than 380 victims were turned away from shelters around the state between 2012 and 2013 because there was no room, according to the state Department of Social Services.
SC currently maintains a legal system in which a man can earn five years in prison for abusing his dog but a maximum of just 30 days in jail for beating his wife or girlfriend on a first offense.
In South Carolina, a woman dies from domestic violence every 12 days. Please read this excellent expose’ in Charleston Post & Courier, a 5 part series “Till Death Do Us Part” at http://www.postandcourier.com/tilldeath/title.html
In 2013, in South Carolina, 83 percent of those murdered in the home were women. Surprisingly, 65% Caucasian, 33% African American, 2% Asian and Latino. Guns were used in 78% of these homicides.
In the U.S., 25% of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually.
Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.
One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
Females between the ages of 16 and 24 are roughly 3 times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner.
Only 1/3 of the teens involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence.
A pilot project called THRIVE SC which can be replicated throughout South Carolina (and beyond) and that provides multiple levels of shelter and transitional housing (short term, 6 months, up to 1+ years) for victims who fall under the umbrella of “domestic violence,” and their children (ages 0-17). THRIVE SC plans to offer transitional housing, therapy programs for adults and children, 12 step programs for those who have coped with violence by using drugs and alcohol, a legal advocacy program, orders of protection, child care, financial management and “how to live in the real world” courses, a resale shop to help support the non-profit and to teach residents business and social skills, community education and awareness events, public speaking at high schools, college campuses, hospitals, men’s and women’s groups, athletic events, and other large social, business, school, media, and civic gatherings to educate individuals and communities about how to identify victims of violence, how to prevent violence, and how to handle a situation in which one suspects that violence has occurred. Also, THRIVE SC will push for stronger laws to protect women in SC against violence of any kind.
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