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.
A Coordinated Community Response
Buncombe County’s Coordinated Community Response utilizes evidence based, best practice models from across the nation. To the goal of this community wide approach is to reduce incidence of domestic and sexual violence in Buncombe County. 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.
- Elements of the Response Include:
- 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 Training - from training healthcare providers how to screen for intimate partner violence to training service providers on the long term impacts of violence on children.
- 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
- Focused Deterrence — working with offenders to engage in services and prevent reoffending
Partners in this work include: