CODA Has Supported Survivors of DV Since 1986!
CODA provides professional supportive services to victims of intimate partner abuse and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties in South Carolina. Committed to the belief that safety from violence and freedom from fear are universal rights, CODA conducts community education programs to confront the societal norms that condone abusive behavior.
In 1986, a group of citizens in Beaufort, South Carolina, recognized the danger facing many women and children victimized by domestic violence. Initially, victims were sheltered in the homes of these compassionate people who became known as Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA). As the organization grew, a trailer and, later, a small home were purchased for use as a shelter.
In 1998, a 6000 square foot addition was added to create a comfortable, home-like, contemporary refuge. Included are six bedrooms which sleep a total of 24 women and children; a colorful, children's playroom; a large communal kitchen and eating area; laundry facilities and a living room. The older part of the building was converted to offices for CODA's staff.
CODA services are available to residents of Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper and Hampton counties, an area covering over 2,000 square miles. Its inhabitants range from the very wealthy to those struggling with rural poverty. CODA clients are representative of the economic and racial diversity found in the lowcountry.
CODA provides safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children as well as court accompaniment, adult counseling, children's counseling and case management. All services are available to those residing in shelter and, on an outreach basis, to victims who no not require shelter. In keeping with its mission statement, CODA also has an active community education program.
CODA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors. Since 2007, Kristin Dubrowski has served as executive director. CODA’s staff is comprised of committed professionals who are South Carolina certified Victim Service Providers.