In collaboration with Eliza's Helping Hands, we offer a referral service to help the victims of domestic violence and Sexual assault, both male and female to our in house victim service provider. This includes calls to area shelters, 911 cell phones, referrals for counseling services, legal advocacy and court advocacy.
In addition to the above, we offer an information session which focuses on safety, protective orders, and transitioning into a safer and more independent life. In collaboration with local attorneys and members of law enforcement, we provide information about child custody as well as legal rights to housing. We offer this as a free service to victims. In order for the group sessions to be beneficial, we have the group set at a 15 session minimum. Light refreshments are served, so please call at least the day before to let us know you are coming. This service is available to both men, women and children.
This service is provided by our sister agency Eliza’s Helping Hands, Inc. Because we offer light refreshments, please call at least a day ahead. All information is kept confidential.
Please call Eliza's Helping Hands at (336)865-0388 for support group times & days, and location. Groups are in English and Spanish.
*We also offer support groups and services for men of domestic violence and sexual assault*.
Eliza's Helping Hands, Inc
(336)865-0388 or (336) 671-0138
Spanish Line (336) 776-0322
Domestic Violence Hotline
Sexual Assault Hot Line
Personal Safety Tips for Victims of Domestic Violence
No one deserves to be abused. If things get out of hand, it's good to have a plan. Although each situation is unique, here are some suggestions to keep you safe.
When a fight breaks out: Move away from the kitchen, bathroom or any place where there are dangerously sharp objects. Plan the easiest escape. Decide on a door or window to exit quickly and safely. Find a neighbor, friend or family member you can trust to help you and your children, or to call 911.
If you decide to leave your partner, plan for safety: Contact us for information on how to plan for safety. Recognize that leaving is a process and may be risky for you and your children. Put some money away. Even if you only save a little bit every week, you need to have some money of your own. Make copies of important papers and leave them with a friend, neighbor or church. Some important items to have: bank account numbers, checkbook or check stubs, social security numbers, insurance policies, marriage license, divorce/custody papers, birth certificates.
Ways to stay safe on your own: Change the locks on your door. Learn about your legal rights. Contact our office or Safe on Seven for assistance with a protective order. If you obtain a protective order (50B), keep it with you at all times. Tell neighbors, friends, landlords or co-workers that you and your partner are no longer in a relationship. Have a safety plan for coming and going and share it with people you trust. Include your children in your safety plan and practice it with them. If your former partner harasses you at work, find someone to tell. Show a picture and ask them to call 911 if you former partner comes around.
Are you a victim of Domestic Violence?
Does your partner... Embarrass you with bad names and put downs?
Control what you do or where you go?
Stop you from seeing or talking to friends/family?
Make all the decisions including money matters?
Tell you everything is your fault? Scare you? Stalk you? Intimidate you? Threaten you? Shove, slap, grab, hit, punch or force sex on your? Get upset when things don’t go his/her way? Harass you at your job, school, activities or online? Call/text frequently to check up on you? Pressure you not to follow through with court actions?
If the answer is "yes" to even one of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. No one deserves to be abused and abuse is NEVER the fault of the victim. Everyone has the right to healthy, violence free relationships. Typically, things will only get worse without help. For your safety and the safety of your children, contact the Next Step crisis line for confidential assistance and someone to talk to about options.
How to Talk to a Loved One about Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Here are some quick tips to help you speak up to help loved ones affected by domestic violence or sexual assault.
Tip #1. Start a conversation by telling your friends that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced domestic violence, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lifetime. This is a great way to get the point across that these issues are serious and that many people we love have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.
Tip #2. Speak up when you hear offensive comments that degrade women, men, or victims of abuse. If you are at a party or a social gathering there's a good chance that someone is going to make some inappropriate remarks. The best thing you can do is speak up and tell them that you're not comfortable with that kind of talk. Simply doing that can help your friends understand that it's not cool for them or anyone to degrade a person.
Tip #3. If someone you know discloses that they are experiencing abuse now or have in the past, remember this could be the first time they're telling someone. Reassure them that you believe them and that the abuse was not their fault. The most important thing you can do in this moment is listen and support them.
Most of all, make sure to be patient, non-judgmental, and respectful of their decisions. Ask them if they'd like to talk to a professional counselor, and offer to sit with them while they call a national or local hotline.
Tip #4. Make sure that your friends know whom to call to get help.
Winston Salem Victim Assistance
This is the primary resource in Forsyth County for victims of domestic violence. By contacting this agency, victims are provided with access to many of the resources they need to effectively deal with their situation. Agency services provided by the Clerk of Court, Legal Aid Society, Forsyth Co. Sheriff's Office, Winston-Salem Police Dept., Dept. of Social Services, NC Dept. of Community Corrections
201 N. Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
*If you are in immediate danger PLEASE DIAL 911* or your local emergency services provider*