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Clink the link below to view the flyer with all the information about our upcoming volunteer training June 4 & 5 at the Family Justice Center.
Please contact Tammy Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or Cary Crawford email@example.com if you are interested in attending. Feel free to call the office at 336-226-5982 for further questions.
Are you a member of Facebook or Twitter? Like or follow the National Network to End Domestic Violence (@nnedv), End Violence (@EndDV), and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (@NCADV). These programs work to raise awareness about domestic violence and support for survivors. Their social media accounts provide up-to-date information regarding domestic violence, including current events.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, Family Abuse Services hosts a support group that is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker. On Tuesday night, we hold our Spanish speaking group while Wednesday nights are for the English speaking support group. The groups focus on peer support, domestic violence education, and skill-building exercises. Free childcare is also provided.
The support groups meet at 1950 Martin Street, Burlington, 27217, from 5:30-7:00 pm. For more information, please call Family Abuse Services at 336-226-5982.
On April 23, InterAct of Wake County celebrated Denim Day in support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month by wearing jeans. Denim Day was first established in 1999 to show support for victims of sexual assault. Each participant was encouraged to wear denim jeans, donate $5, and wear a “Ask Me Why” sticker.
InterAct is Wake County’s only confidential domestic violence program and provides support and resources for those affected by domestic violence. For more information on InterAct or Denim Day, please visit the website.
Many Elon University organizations, such as the feminist organization EFFECT and Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility, Knowledge, and Success (SPARKS), are raising awareness of violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Recently, EFFECT held a Walk Against Blaming event on campus in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Chants such as “Whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes, and no means no” could be heard. Students also created their own posters to express their views about sexual assault. They also hosted a Take Back the Night march on April 16 in support of sexual assault survivors.
SPARKS at Elon also hosted the Clothesline Project from April 14-18. The Clothesline Project promotes awareness of domestic violence by having survivors or relatives and friends of survivors decorate a shirt to express their experience with violence. After all shirts are decorated, they are hung on a clothesline for others to view.
For more information on either of these organizations or events, please visit Elon Univeristy’s Sexual and Relationship Violence website at the link below.
On Wednesday, April 2, a new center for domestic violence victims was dedicated in High Point. The new center will offer victims an easy way to obtain a protective order and many other services, with police and a Legal Aid attorney to assist them in the protective order process. Tiffany Atkins, a Legal Aid at the center, said, “It can be confusing, especially if there are language barriers. We hope to make it smoother and streamline the process a little bit.”
The first of its kind in Guilford County, the goal of the new domestic violence center is to provide victims with a one-stop process for obtaining protective orders rather than have to travel to different locations. Similar to our E-filing system here in Alamance County, the High Point center would like to establish a video conference through which discussions between the judge and victim can occur.
The new center is located in the High Point Center for Children and Families, which is in the back of the Southside Recreation Center at 401 Taylor Avenue. If you would like more information about the new center, please visit the link below.
On April 1, more than 150 women and men attended the annual Leading Ladies Luncheon in Asheboro. The event was hosted by the Randolph County Family Crisis Center, which serves over 3,000 individuals affected by domestic violence each year.
In attendance was Faith Abubey from WFMY News 2, who shared some of the domestic violence stories she has covered over the years. Katie Nordeen of Fox 8 spoke about the media’s impact on self-image, especially the influence social media and movies have on viewers.
The event has become a way to recognize the many volunteers and donors but also increase awareness of the services the Family Crisis Center offers. At the end of the luncheon, guests were given teal ribbons in recognition that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
There are several signs that someone is being abused. Look out for signs such as:
- Afraid of their partner or anxious to please them
- Checks in often with their partner to let them know where they are or what they’re doing
- Frequently misses school, work, or social occasions without an explanation
- Has frequent injuries that they describe as “accidents”
- Dresses in clothing that covers up scars or bruises, such as sunglasses or long sleeve shirts
- Receives frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner
If you or someone you care about is being abused, contact 911 for emergencies or the Family Abuse Services hotline at 336-226-5985.