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National Crime Victims Center > Grants & Publications > current_grant_abstracts > Intensive Case Management Services for Family Members of Homicide Victims in Urban Charleston Area

Intensive Case Management Services for Family Members of Homicide Victims in Urban Charleston Area

Principal Investigator: Alyssa A. Rheingold, Ph.D. <bio sketch>  <e-mail>
Funding Source:  South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SC DPS)
Award #: 1V10106
Dates of Project:  07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011

In the State of South Carolina, 304 people were murdered in 2008 (South Carolina Law Enforcement Agency Uniform Crime Reports, 2009). THE MURDER RATE PER CAPITA FOR 2008 IN SOUTH CAROLINA (6.8%) WAS GREATER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE (5.4%) (U.S. Uniform Crime Reports, 2009), placing SC 7th in the nation for per capital homicide rates. In spite of SC’s smaller population size compared to other states, OUR STATE CONTINUES TO HOLD THE HIGHEST VIOLENT CRIME RATE IN THE NATION DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS (U.S. Uniform Crime Reports, 2009). Moreover, there were an alarming 76 murders in 2007 and 52 murders in 2008 in the Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester tri-county area alone (Post and Courier, 2009). The majority of these murders occurred in the counties’ urban regions, with the City of North Charleston reporting the most murders. In addition, a significant number of tri-county residents in urban areas have had family members who were murdered outside the state.

Presently, if a survivor resides in an urban area and is need of mental health counseling or other victim-related services and he/she does not have access to office-based treatment (e.g., no transportation, no insurance/ineligible for CV Comp; inflexible work hours, etc), he/she will be without crucial services.

The present program has three major goals, which address the Problem Description outlined above. The goals are to provide the following benefits to survivors of homicide residing in urban areas of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties: (1) intensive case management services shortly after the loss of their loved one; (2) increased access and utilization of trauma-focused mental health counseling through community based outreach; and (3) increased access to and utilization of other victim-related services such as meetings with victim advocates or attending support groups.

  1. A Clinical Case Manager will conduct comprehensive needs assessments of survivors residing in urban areas of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties. These needs assessment will be conducted in the community (home, schools, churches, etc).
  2. A Program Therapist and/or Clinical Case Manager will provide community-based individual therapy to survivors residing in the urban areas of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties who would be otherwise unable to access these services due to financial constraints or logistical barriers.
  3. A Program Therapist, Clinical Case Manager,  and/or volunteers will provide transportation for homicide survivors to and from victim-related appointments when necessary to increase service utilization and will assist with the removal of other barriers (e.g., help complete SOVA application).

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