domestic violence services for victims
If 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:
Family Services Shelter
Personal Safety Tips for Victims of Domestic Violence
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
Established 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.