THERE IS HELP!
- Dial 9-1-1 for immediate, emergency help.
- Helpmate is Buncombe County's domestic violence agency offering a 24-hour hotline, shelter, counseling, court advocacy, and more. Call the 24-hour hotline at 828-254-0516 or learn more at www.helpmateonline.org
- Who should you call if you need help or information for yourself, your family or someone you know? Dialing 2-1-1 can connect you to 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. NC 2-1-1 can link you to resources such as: legal support, housing, employment, child care, substance abuse treatment, medical care and more. Dial 2-1-1 or search www.nc211.org
- Know someone outside of Buncombe County who needs help? Contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
- Are you a male victim and/or a same sex victim of intimate partner abuse? There is help. Services including hotline assistance, counseling, and court advocacy are available regardless of gender or sexual orientation. If you need shelter and there isn’t a local one that can accommodate you, Helpmate will work with you to seek an alternate arrangement.Call the 24-hour hotline at 828-254-0516 or learn more at www.helpmateonline.org
Domestic Violence will not be tolerated in Buncombe County.
Our mission to educate, connect and inspire will work to end violence against women in our county. When we can act as one community, against this crime and injustice among women (and men), we can truly break the cycle within families and communities.
Uniting to say “eNOugh” to domestic violence is not only a community and economic imperative, but an opportunity to bring together victims with survivors, support services with policy makers, local with state-wide efforts, and media with community.
What's unique about this effort?
- It leverages a public-private collaboration model to increase effectiveness an efficiency of local efforts and to increase public awareness of violence against women.
- The campaign's framework will Educate, Connect and Inspire.
- The multi-year campaign is driven from a legislative mandate “to design, coordinate, and oversee a public awareness campaign” (General Statute 143B-394.16) with accountability to the NC Commission on Domestic Violence. (It also executes the vision and intent of NC's 10-Year Plan to prevent Intimate Partner Violence.)
- The Public education campaign is backed by a comprehensive plan of strategies to eliminate domestic violence.
Why we must act now:
Domestic Violence is a growing problem across the nation with as the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined and the 7th leading cause of death. In Buncombe in 2012 there were 752 domestic violence orders of arrest. It has been found that 65% of domestic violence 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 comprehensive plan will provide the tools. The success of this initiative can make the community safer for everyone.
Did you know?
- 1 in 4 of our women will report violence at the hands of an intimate partner.
- Every 9 seconds a woman is abused.
- Domestic Violence is the #1 reason women and children become homeless in the U.S.
- 54% of employees living with domestic violence missed at least 3 full days of work per month.
- More than 13% of high school students report experiencing physical violence by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Each year, Intimate Partner Violence results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women. About one-third of female victims of homicide were killed by their current or former husbands or boyfriends.
- A child's exposure to the father abusing the mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next .
- Approximately one-fifth of patients treated in hospital emergency rooms are treated for injuries inflicted by someone with whom they have an intimate relationship.
This Comprehensive Plan is a community wide approach with the goal of reducing incidence of domestic violence in our community and eliminating domestic violence homicides. The Plan will team law enforcement, the courts, social work, community agencies and health care providers and provide tools to tackle the problem from multiple angles including sending a clear message that domestic violence is not tolerated in our community.
The Plan will include the use of electronic monitoring that can track the offender 24/7 and alert the victim and law enforcement if the offender goes near the victim, allowing the victim time to implement her safety plan. It will make it standard protocol for officers at the scene to notify Helpmate so they can reach out to the victim— many times victims wait until it is too late to reach out for help.
A High Risk Team made up of law enforcement, social workers, court officials and others will treat offenders with the greatest scrutiny including home visits and safety checks. This team will make services such as employment training and treatment available for all offenders to reduce the risk of future acts of violence.
- The plan has 6 main components:
- Lethality Assessments — evaluating danger to victims
- Evidence-based assessments administered at all levels, from first responders to victim advocates to screen for high risk
- High Risk Team — offender & victim interventions
- Offender containment tactics including: Case monitoring; Court advocacy; Compliance checks & Treatment/Interventions
- Victim supports including: Safety planning; Legal support; Case management & Service connections
- Electronic Monitoring — tracking offenders for victim safety
- Location tracking devices placed on offenders
- Inclusion/exclusion zones regarding where offenders can and can't go
- Compliance monitoring & communication to victims
- Focused Deterrence — prevention strategies for previous offenders
- Watch list of offenders
- Increased security measures
- Strict punishments
- Notifications & call-ins
- Cross System Dialogue — improving communication
- Neutrally facilitated internal & external communication review of partner entities
- Public Education Campaign — increasing awareness and community engagement
- "It's time to say eNOugh" campaign