2011-09-23 / Society

Sistercare’s executive director receives 2011 S.C. Woman Achievement Award

By Caroline Judson

Nancy Barton receives the 2011 South Carolina Woman of Achievement Award August 24 in the State House lobby. Nancy Barton receives the 2011 South Carolina Woman of Achievement Award August 24 in the State House lobby. Because of more than 22 years of experience working with battered women and her impact on the quality of life for other women and all citizens of South Carolina, Nancy Barton has recently received the 2011 South Carolina Woman Achievement Award given by the South Carolina Governor’s Commission on Women.

As director of Sistercare, Barton has seen the program for battered women and other victims of violence grow from 1988 with one emergency shelter to three separate locations of shelters plus a building in Cayce for counseling and administrative services. Services for children of victims including counseling are available at all locations. Specific addresses of all locations are not available to anyone except victims seeking help.

Barton has served as president of the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is now on its board of directors. She was on Governor Hodges’s Domestic Task Force and she has worked as a volunteer and counselor.

The S. C. Women of Achievement Award recognizes Barton’s untiring efforts and willingness to serve women touched by domestic violence. She helps women to help themselves and to make the decision to seek life changes for them and their children.

Barton has seen these changes at Sistercare where victims are taught responsibility for their own lives. The hope is that they grow and stay safe. Some of the victims return to Sistercare as volunteers and some also become staff members to help others like themselves.

Counseling centers are now operating in Fairfield, Newberry, Kershaw, Richland, and Lexington counties. Shelters offer counseling and advocacy, encouragement in seeking jobs, bus tickets for transportation, room and board, and clothes.

The S.C. Governor’s Commission seeks to lift and change the quality of life for women in our state and increase women’s awareness of their potential.

The crisis line for Sistercare is 1-800-637-7606 or 1-803-765-9428.

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