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.
- 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.
- Approximately one-third of female victims of homicide were killed by their current or former husbands or boyfriends.
- 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
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:
- Asheville Police Department
- Buncombe County Health and Human Services
- Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department
- District Attorney’s Office
- Our VOICE
- The SPARC Network
- Pisgah Legal Services
- Mission Women’s and Children’s Safety Coalition Partners
- Woodfin Police Department
Additional information about the elements of the coordinated community response:
- Cross System Dialogue — improving communication within and across agencies
- Danger Assessments — determining the level of danger an abused women has of being killed by her intimate partner
- Electronic Monitoring — tracking offenders for victim safety
- eNOugh — public education campaign aimed at increasing awareness and community engagement
- Family Justice Center — a comprehensive, one-stop model to meet victim needs and increase safety
- Focused Deterrence — prevention strategies for previous offenders
- High Risk Team — offender and victim interventions for situations with the highest risk of lethality
- 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 connect them to the local domestic violence service program
- Offender Treatment Services — counseling, educating, and connecting domestic violence offenders to needed resources to stop domestic violence
- Prevention — creating new and utilizing existing programs to stop domestic violence before it starts