South Carolina Governor's Office

SOVA's Mission

2014 SC Advanced Victim Assistance Academy

SOVA is now accepting applications for the 2014 SC Advanced Academy. Fill out application and mail to SOVA by September 5, 2014

Seating is limited to 30 participants and acceptance is based on completed and approved applications. All incomplete applications may not be considered.

Approved for 7.25 Victim Service Provider (VSP) hours

Visit the 2014 Academy site here.

In the interest of justice to all victims of crime whose injuries, pain, suffering and loss warrant our intervention and support, the State Office of Victim Assistance will:

PRACTICE a community- and victim-centered approach to proactively assist crime victims and their families in need

PROMOTE collaboration at all levels in order to restore justice to eligible crime victims who are in need of advocacy and financial assistance.

PROVIDE a network environment in which we work closely with victim service agencies and providers across the state to render advocacy, support, programs, services, information, referrals, training and technical assistance to better meet the needs of South Carolina's crime victims.

SEEK to ensure that South Carolina's crime victims receive top quality service at all levels of our criminal justice system by providing compensation to victims of crime who are eligible and meeting the educational, training, and professional needs of victim advocates, health care professionals, South Carolina schools, and victim service providers.


Dr. Larry Barker, Director
Office of the Governor
State Office of Victim Assistance

1205 Pendleton Street, Rm. 401
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone (803) 734-1900 (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Victims Only Please 1-800-220-5370