THERE IS HELP!
- Dial 9-1-1 for immediate, emergency help.
- Contact Helpmate, Buncombe County's domestic violence agency, offering a 24-hour hotline, shelter, counseling, court advocacy, and more. Male and/or same sex victims of intimate partner abuse can access assistance from Helpmate. Call the 24-hour hotline at 828-254-0516 or learn more at www.helpmateonline.org.
- Contact Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s sexual assault response agency, providing a 24-hour hotline, counseling and support. Call the hotline at 828-255-7576 or learn more at www.ourvoicenc.org.
- Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a network of resources that offer care, solutions, support and hope when you need it most. 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7 service. Dial 2-1-1 or search www.nc211.org.
- Contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
Why We Must Act
Domestic Violence is too often a silent problem across communities. Did you know...
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and 7th leading cause of death for women in the United States.
- It is the number one reason women and children become homeless in the U.S.
- 1 in 4 women will report violence at the hands of an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
- 54% of employees living with domestic violence miss at least three full days of work per month.
- A child's exposure to their father abusing their mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
- Domestic violence costs our community over $6.7 million each year.
Research shows that 65% of domestic violence homicide victims had contact with the criminal justice system or a health care professional before they were murdered, and 58% of perpetrators had been arrested before they killed their partners and 22% had seen a mental health professional... there is an opportunity to intervene and this coordinated community response will provide the tools. The success of this initiative can make the community safer for everyone.
A Coordinated Community Response
Buncombe County and partner agencies are utilizing a Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence and sexual assault. The goals of this community wide approach are to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault, prevent domestic violence homicides and make Buncombe County a safer place for all our citizens. The five focus areas of the Coordinated Community Response are:
- Cross System Dialogue
- Community Engagement
- Survivor Services
- High Risk Interventions
- Offender Accountability.
The goals of this community wide approach are to reduce incidence of domestic violence in Buncombe County and eliminate domestic violence homicides. The coordinated community response pulls together law enforcement, the courts, social work, community agencies and health care providers to address domestic violence from multiple angles. Partners in this work include:
Buncombe County’s Coordinated Community Response utilizes evidence based, best practice models from across the nation. Additional information about the elements of the coordinated community response:
Cross System Dialogue: improving communication within and across partner agencies to improve our response to domestic and sexual violence.
Community Engagement: increasing community awareness, developing skills and preventing violence
- The eNOugh Campaign— public education campaign aimed at increasing awareness and community engagement
- Primary Prevention— creating new and utilizing existing programs to prevent domestic and sexual violence in our community. Programs include Our VOICE’s Bar Outreach and Triple P
- Community Trainings— from training healthcare providers how to recognize and talk about intimate partner violence to training service providers on the long term impact experiencing and/or witnessing violence has on children, partner agencies are committed to informing our community about how to respond to and prevent domestic and sexual violence.
Survivor Services: improving services to victims and survivors to support their healing
- Buncombe County Family Justice Center— co-locating and integrating victim services providers to create a comprehensive, one-stop model to meet victim needs and increase safety
High Risk Interventions: identifying and intervening in higher risk domestic violence situations
- Danger Assessments— determining the level of danger an abused women has of being killed by her intimate partner
- Lethality Assessment Program— identifying victims of domestic violence who are at the highest risk of being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners, and immediately connecting them to the local domestic violence service program
- High Risk Team— offender and victim interventions for situations with the highest risk of lethality
Offender Accountability: engaging individuals in behavior change to reduce violence
- Batterers Intervention Programs— counseling, educating, and connecting domestic violence offenders to needed resources to stop domestic violence
- Electronic Monitoring — court ordered monitoring of high risk offenders to improve victim safety
- Focused Deterrence— working with offenders to engage in services and prevent reoffending