Project R.E.S.T. provides temporary emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their dependent children for up to 60+ days. We offer individualized services to each adult and child who seeks shelter from us, including legal advocacy, individual and group therapy, and a peer support group.
In order to qualify for placement, the person must:
- Reside in Spartanburg, Cherokee, or Union County
- Have been physically abused or threatened with physical abuse with a past history of physical abuse by a spouse, a common law spouse, an ex-spouse, or a live-in partner.
- Have lived with the abuser at some time
- Must be in danger of further abuse
- At least 18 years old or older
- A resident must be able to care for themselves and their dependent children.
- A resident must be able to participate in individual and group activities.
- A resident must be able to live in a communal setting.
- A resident must be able to emotionally function in the shelter setting.
- A resident must be able to follow house rules, participate in shelter contributions “chores” and adhere to shelter safe hours “curfew”.
- The victim must directly request shelter placement on their own.
Our clinical services address trauma symptoms of recent DV and/or SA. We offer brief individual therapy, up to 20 sessions. Survivors wishing to continue in therapy may be referred by their therapist to one of our therapy groups or to one of our partnering community clinicians. Survivors seeking therapy for complex trauma and chronic/severe mental health disorders will also be referred.
- All Project R.E.S.T. Clinical services are FREE
- Trauma-focused psychotherapy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence
- Individual, family, and group psychotherapy for adults and children
- Variety of treatment interventions including EMDR, Brain-Spotting, CBT, CPT, TIR, TF-CBT, Play Therapy, Yoga for Trauma, and Art and Writing
- Interpreter or signer available through LUNA
- Teletherapy sessions via secure Doxy.me online platform at home or one of our offices
What is Group Psychotherapy?
In group therapy, there are usually about 3-8 members who meet with a trained therapist to find support and learn skills to work through their trauma. Therapy group provides an opportunity to process trauma-related thoughts and feelings in a safe environment with other survivors who have gone through similar experiences and understand each other’s struggles. Group members are never asked to share graphic memories or details of their trauma – the focus is on healing symptoms of distress. Depending on the type of group, members may engage in creative expression through art or writing, do active physical body work to release stress, and or learn skills for mindfulness, self-soothing, assertive communication, healthy relationships, and self-esteem.
Clinical Services for Children and Adolescents include:
- Trauma Assessments
- Individual and Family Therapy
- Activity-oriented, Trauma-focused Support Groups
We primarily see children on referral from DSS and/or the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). If a child has been directly abused, they must go through the CAC before we can do therapy with them. Minors aged 16-17 cannot be required to participate in therapy as they have the legal right to choose treatment or not, and they must sign their own consent if they want therapy. Please be advised that our clinical staff are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse.
Project R.E.S.T. will not turn away a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault because of language barriers. We have various staff and volunteers who assist us to ensure that language and culturally appropriate services are provided in your native language.
Para conocer más acerca de Project R.E.S.T. y los servicios que brindamos a víctimas de violencia doméstica y de abuso sexual, oprima Project R.E.S.T. en español. Este enlace contiene una serie de videos informativos en español que le ayudará a conocer acerca de nuestros servicios.