About CASA/Family Systems
CASA/Family Systems is a private, not-for-profit organization serving Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties whose primary focus is providing support, advocacy, and intervention to individuals and families who have been affected by sexual assault, family violence, and/or child abuse and neglect. In the State of South Carolina CASA/Family Systems is operates one of the 19 statewide temporary emergency domestic violence shelters, one of 23 sexual assault and domestic violence programs, and one of 17 Child Advocacy Centers.
CASA/Family Systems was chartered in July 1979 as Tri County CASA (Citizens Against Sexual Assault) a rape crisis center. This was an effort by a group of citizens in Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties who were concerned about victims of sexual assault. Those concerned included medical and mental health providers, and law enforcement.
In 1990, the agency expanded its services to include victims of domestic violence and in 1991 changed its name to CASA/Family Services to be more inclusive of the array of services and to recognize the growth.
Since 1991, CASA/Family Services has expanded its services to offer the following:
- Sexual Assault Services
- Community Domestic Violence Services
- Emergency Shelter for Battered Women and their Children
- Batterer Intervention Program for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
- Community Advocacy Program
- Edisto Children’s Center – A Children’s Advocacy Center
Mission of CASA
To assist victims to complete the journey to survivorship, self-advocacy, self-efficacy and independence through culturally competent and quality services.
To break the cycle of violence by addressing the systemic causes of violence at the individual, family and community levels.
To promote the development of strong and healthy families through seamless and holistic services that enhance the safety, support and success for clients.
Vision of CASA
SAFETY as a right for all individuals and families
SUPPORT for that safety
SUCCESS in order to achieve self-advocacy, self-efficacy and independence