History

1995

  • Safe Harbor is incorporated as a woman’s shelter in Greenville County.

1999

  • The Megan Project is launched following the 1997 murder of Megan Ridgeway by her high school boyfriend.

2001

  • Community Counseling Program begins, offering services for all victims and survivors of domestic violence.
  • Safe Harbor Resale Shop opens, helping to fund programs and services while offering clients a free place to shop for themselves and their children.

2003

  • Second Safe Harbor shelter opens in Anderson County, with a capacity for 20 women and children.

2008

  • Community Advocates begin facilitating Orders of Protection in Greenville County.

2009

  • Safe Harbor opens administrative and community outreach office.
  • Safe Harbor receives a grant to begin a transitional housing program.

2011

  • Megan project expands and becomes REP-the Relationship Education Project.

2013

  • Safe Harbor partners with Mental Health America to launch a crisis line.

2014

  • ManUPstate is launched to emphasize the role men can play in ending violence against women.
  • On August 14, 2014, Safe Harbor’s 16-bed Oconee Shelter opens its doors, and within 48 hours, the shelter is full.

2015

  • The Domestic Violence Reform Act, the first major domestic violence legislation in 20 years, is signed into law.