domestic violence services for victims


quick escapeIf you are a victim of Domestic Violence, you are not alone. Four million women are physically abused each year and many more suffer emotional abuse from their partner. National studies show that in 85-95 percent of domestic violence cases, a woman is abused by a male partner. However, we know that men and those self-identifying as LGBTQQI/ same sex relationships are also victims of relationship violence; so we're available to offer services to all victims. Domestic violence crosses all boundaries of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, profession, income level, religious affiliation and geographic location.

It is common for someone being abused and criticized by their partner to feel isolated, depressed and even sometimes crazy. If you have these feelings, you need support. Family Services, Inc., has many resources to help victims become survivors, including:

bullet Family Services Shelter
bullet 24-Hour Crisis Line
bullet Weekly Domestic Violence Information Classes
bullet Court Advocacy
bullet Crisis intervention
bullet Adult and child support groups
bullet Cell phones for safety - 911 ONLY
bullet Community and Professional Education Programs
bullet Assistance with civil and criminal court proceedings
bullet Safe Haven-foster care for pets affected by violence
bullet Safety planning and safety checks
bullet Address Confidentiality Program
bullet Hospital Advocacy
bullet Victims’ Compensation Assistance
bullet Referral to community resources
bullet Transition in place housing


Family Services Shelter
Abused women and their children are provided peace, empathy and emotional support after escaping a dangerous home situation. Professional staff helps clients regain a sense of self-worth and direction for their lives. Our services include:

bullet Family Services Shelter
bullet Support Groups
bullet Temporary Shelter 365 days a year to meet immediate daily living needs
bullet Skills enhancement services including parenting, budgeting, and transition to independent living
bullet Educational programs
bullet Referrals for medical, legal employment, financial, educational and housing assistance
bullet Follow-up services for families leaving the shelter
bullet 24-Hour Crisis Line: (336) 723-8125


Personal Safety Tips for Victims of Domestic Violence
No one deserves to be abused. If things get out of hand, it's good to have a plan. Although each situation is unique, here are some suggestions to keep you safe.

When a fight breaks out:
bullet Move away from the kitchen, bathroom or any place where there are dangerously sharp objects.
bullet Plan the easiest escape. Decide on a door or window to exit quickly and safely.
bullet Find a neighbor, friend or family member you can trust to help you and your children, or to call 911.


If you decide to leave your partner, plan for safety:
bullet Contact us for information on how to plan for safety. Recognize that leaving is a process and may be risky for you and your children.
bullet Put some money away. Even if you only save a little bit every week, you need to have some money of your own.
bullet Make copies of important papers and leave them with a friend, neighbor or church. Some important items to have: bank account numbers, checkbook or check stubs, social security numbers, insurance policies, marriage license, divorce/custody papers, birth certificates.


Ways to stay safe on your own:
bullet Change the locks on your door.
bullet Learn about your legal rights. Contact this office or Safe on Seven for assistance with a protective order. If you obtain a protective order (50B), keep it with you at all times.
bullet Tell neighbors, friends, landlords or co-workers that you and your partner are no longer in a relationship.
bullet Have a safety plan for coming and going and share it with people you trust.
bullet Include your children in your safety plan and practice it with them.
bullet If your former partner harasses you at work, find someone to tell. Show a picture and ask them to call 911 if you former partner comes around.


Are you a victim of Domestic Violence? Does your partner...
bullet Embarrass you with bad names and put downs?
bullet Control what you do or where you go?
bullet Stop you from seeing or talking to friends/family?
bullet Make all the decisions including money matters?
bullet Tell you everything is your fault?
bullet Scare you? Stalk you? Intimidate you? Threaten you?
bullet Shove, slap, grab, hit, punch or force sex on your?
bullet Get upset when things don’t go his/her way?
bullet Harass you at your job, school, activities or online?
bullet Call/text frequently to check up on you?
bullet Pressure you not to follow through with court actions?

 If the answer is "yes" to even one of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. No one deserves to be abused and abuse is NEVER the fault of the victim. Everyone has the right to healthy, violence free relationships. Typically, things will only get worse without help. For your safety and the safety of your children, contact our crisis line for confidential assistance and someone to talk to about options.

How to Talk to a Loved One about Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Here are some quick tips to help you speak up to help loved ones affected by domestic violence or sexual assault.

Tip #1. Start a conversation by telling your friends that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced domestic violence, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lifetime. This is a great way to get the point across that these issues are serious and that many people we love have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Tip #2. Speak up when you hear offensive comments that degrade women, men, or victims of abuse. If you are at a party or a social gathering there's a good chance that someone is going to make some inappropriate remarks. The best thing you can do is speak up and tell them that you're not comfortable with that kind of talk. Simply doing that can help your friends understand that it's not cool for them or anyone to degrade a person.

Tip #3. If someone you know discloses that they are experiencing abuse now or have in the past, remember this could be the first time they're telling someone. Reassure them that you believe them and that the abuse was not their fault. The most important thing you can do in this moment is listen and support them.

Most of all, make sure to be patient, non-judgmental, and respectful of their decisions. Ask them if they'd like to talk to a professional counselor, and offer to sit with them while they call a national or local hotline.

Tip #4. Make sure that your friends know whom to call to get help.


Safe on Seven: Forsyth Domestic Violence Center
Safe on Seven: (SOS) Forsyth Domestic Violence Center is a multi-agency approach to services for victims of domestic violence. The Center is located on the seventh floor of the Forsyth County Hall of Justice, Winston-Salem, NC. The Safe on Seven Center provides a "one-stop shop" for domestic violence victims by bringing together key service providers from the criminal and civil justice systems, law enforcement, victim advocates, legal advocates, providing access to a variety of services to victims in one centralized location.

quick escapeEstablished in 2005 with a grant from the US Department of Justice, The Safe on Seven Domestic Violence Center was created to allow an integrated team to provide victims access to various services including the prosecution of criminal and civil domestic violence cases. Previously, victims had to seek out these services at multiple locations throughout the community. This concept will mitigate the stress and trauma domestic violence victims often face as they navigate through systems. The focus of the center is victim safety and offender accountability. Domestic violence victims will be able to obtain legal advice, referrals, protective orders, as well as information concerning their cases from law enforcement and the District Attorney's Office. The collaborating community partners include the District Attorney's Office, Family Services, Clerk of Court, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Winston-Salem Police Department, NC Department of Community Corrections and the Winston-Salem State University Center for Community Safety.

Hours of Operation are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-12:30 PM and 2:00 PM-5:00 PM. For screening for 50B, hours are 8:30-12:30 and 2:00-3:30.

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