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Court Impact Study

Researchers at the University of South Carolina need your help to learn more about your experiences with the process of seeking a civil protection order!

Fill out a brief survey and receive a small compensation for your participation!

Are you someone who:

1. Is over 18 years of age?


2. Filed a civil protection or restraining order

against a partner in South Carolina?




Student attorneys in the U of SC Domestic Violence Clinic have created this resource page to inform the community about civil legal remedies for domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment and stalking in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) serves as the collective voice promoting the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in South Carolina.

SCVAN provides resource, referral and advocacy services to crime victims and victim service providers through our Crime Victim Information and Service System (CVISS) Program.

Resources for IPV Victims/Survivors

Here are a variety of resources for legal and clinical support for those who are seeking protection from intimate partner violence. 

About the Researchers

Jessica Pomerantz, MA

Jessica Pomerantz is currently an advanced Clinical-Community Psychology PhD candidate at the University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus. Born and raised in South Florida, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Forensic Science. Jessica obtained her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City in 2018, with a focus on gender-based violence and psychological coercion. In 2019, she relocated to Columbia, SC to attend USC and currently her research and clinical interests focus on victims and survivors of complex trauma, with specific expertise in interpersonal violence.


Dr. Suzanne Swan

Suzanne Swan is a Professor in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology. Dr. Swan received her PhD in Social and Personality Psychology with a Minor in Women's Studies from the University of Illinois. Dr. Swan's program of research follows the tradition of Kurt Lewin's dictum that "there is nothing so practical as a good theory". Her research focuses on 1) health disparities, particularly as related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 2) gender-based violence, especially intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and drugging (i.e., administering a drug or alcohol to someone without their knowledge or consent). In a landmark study, The ultimate goal of Dr. Swan’s research is to create knowledge that will illuminate solutions for the problems of health disparities and gender-based violence and the suffering they cause. Dr. Swan teaches courses in Graduate and Undergraduate Social Psychology and Women's Health.

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