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Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse

Who We Are

Founded in 1986, CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse) provides shelter, transitional housing, legal assistance, and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and their children from Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties in South Carolina.  All services are confidential and free of charge.  Committed to the belief that safety from violence and freedom from fear are uiniversal rights, CODA alsoconducts comunity education programs to confront the societal norms that condone abusive behavior.

CODA is the ONLY organization providing comprehensive services to adult and child survivors of domestic violence in our four-county catchment area.

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What We Do

Services are confidential and free of charge.

24-hour toll-free hotline

Staffed by trained CODA employees and volunteers, the 24-hour crisis line is a victim’s first point of contact with CODA.  Callers receive information, referrals, support, and complete a phone intake form.  If the caller is a victim of domestic violence s/he is referred to the appropriate CODA staff person for additional services or is screened to enter the emergency shelter.

Emergency shelter

CODA’s emergency shelter can house a total of 24 women and children at a time for up to 60 days.  The shelter is staffed 24/7 to meet the needs of residents, maintain safety and allow for intakes to be conducted at any time.  Food, personal care items and basic clothing items are provided.  The shelter will accept adult victims (and emancipated minors) who are fleeing domestic violence and don’t have other safe housing options.  Dependant girls and boys up to 17 can reside at the shelter with their mothers (mom is primary victim).  A children’s activity program is provided to help children and mothers adjust to shelter living.  Adult male victims are housed at local hotels.  The 24-hour hotline also rings into the shelter.    

Adult and Children’s Counseling

Adult Individual:  short-term support counseling for victims is offered to shelter residents and on an outreach basis in Beaufort (male victims), Bluffton, Hilton Head, Hampton, Ridgeland and Walterboro.

Adult Group:  Open-ended psycho-educational support groups for victims offered to shelter residents and outreach clients in Beaufort and Bluffton.

Children’s Individual:  short-term support counseling for children (usually age 5 and up) is offered to shelter residents and on an outreach basis in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Hampton, Ridgeland and Walterboro.  Their parent must be the primary victim OR in cases of (minor) teen dating violence the parent must consent to services.

Children’s Group:  Runs concurrently with adult group in Beaufort.  Can be split into two age groups and be educational and/or support based.  Co-facilitated by the children’s counselor and children’s activity coordinator.

Case Management

Resource and referral assistance provided to adult victims residing at the shelter and on an outreach basis.  The case manager works with victims to compile a comprehensive needs assessment, identify goals and link them to appropriate resources.  CODA is able to provide limited financial assistance to our clients in order to help them meet their goals.  For example, financial assistance might be provided to obtain a birth certificate, replacement ID, a uniform for work, first month’s rent or for transportation out of the area to a safer support network.

The children’s activity coordinator works with moms residing in the shelter to link them with appropriate resources to meet the needs of their children.

Safe at Home

This is CODA’s tenant-based transitional housing program.  Participants are provided up to 24-months of rental subsidy along with supportive services with a focus on building skills to live independently.  CODA’s housing coordinator helps participants set and track goals including developing savings plans and budgeting to help them increase self-determination and maintain permanent housing.

Legal and Court Advocacy

The attorney, court advocate and paralegal provide information, court accompaniment, advocacy and representation for victims in matters related to domestic violence.  These matters may include orders of protection, separate maintenance and support, custody, divorce, landlord tenant issues, etc.  Additionally, the court advocate helps clients access victim’s compensation funds.  These services are available to shelter and outreach clients.

Community Education 

CODA provides educational/informational programs throughout the four counties tailored to meet the needs of the requesting organization, group, church, school or business.  Common topics include CODA services, domestic violence 101, the effects of domestic violence on children, elderly domestic violence, legal issues in domestic violence and workplace violence.  CODA also provides annual training to DSS staff and ongoing training to law enforcement throughout the four county service area.

CODA presents a teen dating violence education program, the Megan Project, in high schools throughout the four counties.  This program focuses on helping teens identify healthy and unhealthy (dating) relationships and provides resources.  This program is presented by the children’s activity coordinator and children’s counselor and is also presented as a part of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office SMART (Success Motivation Accountability Responsibility Training) to teens and their parents.  CODA’s bullying education program is presented to elementary and middle school aged children.  This program focuses on changing children’s attitudes and behavior around the issue of bullying. 

The Abuse Prevention Coalition, comprised of CODA, CAPA, and Hope Haven, presents MOST (Men of Strength) Clubs and educational programs in middle and high schools aimed at changing cultural norms to prevent violence – especially violence against women and girls. 

Volunteer Program

Volunteers at CODA fill a variety of roles from providing direct services (answering the hotline, providing client transportation, assisting with the children’s group, assisting CODA legal and case management staff to work with clients), to facility maintenance (painting, yard work, cleaning), to community education (staffing tables at heath fairs and community events and assisting with presentations), to office work (filing, data entry, reception) to special events (event planning, solicitation, mailings, etc) and serving on the board of directors.  Volunteers providing direct services must complete 25 hours of training.  Trainings are offered at least two times a year.

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Contact Information

Address Information
PO Box 1775
Beaufort, SC 29901
Office Hours: Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm Shelter Hours: 24/7/365
Contact: Kristin Dubrowski
Contact Title: Executive Director
Phone: 843-770-1070
Fax: 843-770-1084
Email: executivedirector@codabft.com
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