Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
254 Beaufort St NE
Aiken, SC 29802
254 Beaufort St NE
Aiken, SC 29802
Crisis hotline provides immediately available, 24-hour confidential personal response by phone to individuals presenting a crisis related to domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Our hotline is fully staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays. When you call (803) 649-0480, you will be directly connected to an advocate. You can remain anonymous, as we know this is a very frightening but incredibly brave step for you to make.
24-hour hospital accompaniment
Hospital accompaniment provides victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in person support on a 24-hour basis.
Survivors who are able to get to an emergency room after an assault will typically receive the following services:
A trained advocate from Cumbee Center will be notified by hospital staff.
The advocate can provide information and emotional support during the survivor's time at the hospital, answer common questions about legal and medical processes, assist the survivor in planning for their safety following the assault, and connect the survivor to follow up services and other resources.
During the Exam:
A sexual assault exam will be completed by a SANE nurse. This is a nurse that has been specially trained to work with survivors of sexual violence. The survivor can decline any part of the exam at any time. The exam will vary based on the type of assault, but typically includes the following steps:
An interview that asks for information about the assault, any pertinent details to the assault, and the survivor’s medical history.
A medical examination will occur, to document and treat any injuries present. This may include a pelvic or anal exam depending on the assault.
Collection of evidence for a law enforcement investigation, commonly known as a “rape kit.”
Medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy as a result of the assault.
*If the survivor would like evidence collected, but is not sure about reporting to law enforcement, they are entitled to a forensic examination through the process of Anonymous Reporting. The forensic evidence will be stored for up to one year to give the survivor time to choose whether to report the assault to law enforcement. If the assault is not reported, the forensic evidence is destroyed when the year ends. Survivors must be at least 18 years old to request anonymous reporting.
*The State Office of Victim Assistance typically pays for the cost of the forensic examination, regardless of whether or not the survivor chooses to report the assault to law enforcement. The State Office of Victim Assistance also offers a compensation program for other medical expenses related to the assault.
Our emergency shelter is a safe haven for those fleeing from domestic violence. We offer a secure and temporary residence along with the related necessities such as food and clothing.
Our shelter offers a safe environment for victims of intimate partner violence and their children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge.
While in emergency shelter we are also able to provide victims with the following services:
A trained staff member at all times to provide one-on-one support
Assistance to victim in locating suitable living arrangements
Case management services
Assistance to victim in arranging health services, including substance abuse
Family oriented activity sessions that allow them to explore new ways to live independently in order to enhance the quality of their lives.
Assistance in making contacts with other organizations within the community that are beneficial to the lives of victims and their families
Assistance in transportation when needed in association with service access
Access to food that is nutritionally balanced and clothing when needed.