Resources for Domestic Violence Victims in North Carolina
Victims of domestic violence can be of any age, sex, race, religion, education, employed, unemployed, married, or single.
Though both men and women can be abused, the majority of victims are women. Children in homes where violence takes place are more likely to be ill-treated and/or neglected. Many of the children in violent homes are aware of the violence, and even if a child is not actually harmed physically, they may incur emotional and behavior problems. There are some great resources in North Carolina if you are in a dangerous situation or looking for information for a friend.
Both short and long-term actions must be thought out. Short-term measures include assistance programs that protect the person who has been or is being abused. Programs frequently concentrate on the crucial period following a person leaving the home, supplying them with food, shelter, and direction. This is the time when the individual is most at-risk from their abuser or when they return home due to a sense of despair.
Long-term measures are geared towards educating the public and empowering the individual or individuals with help to re-establish their lives without violence. Any reply should include an alliance between the health, legal, and social departments so that the abused is not continually referred to another agency. One fresh approach is the use of "family crisis centers," or "victim advocates" to act as the abused person connects to the various departments.
The Abuse Debate
According to research, women are much more likely to be harmed by domestic violence simply because men are stronger and usually hit or strangle their victims while women generally slap or scratch.
Some wonder if these aspects of domestic violence matter at all. The solution, which is frequently the case, stems from how the research is utilized. Men's rights groups can very well use statistics to dispute abuse rates as nothing but vitriolic hyperbole stemming from a group of wicked feminists determined to destroy men.
However, this is still another arena where men and feminists can form a truce by acknowledging that destructive gender roles may persuade men that there is nothing wrong with being violent and that it is heinous to be a victim of violence.
Alternatively, if it's accurate that women are abusers just as much as men, there is no reason for feminists to be alarmed by contradicting information and no reason for men's rights groups to feel triumphant. Domestic violence is an offense, not an issue to be used in a political pawn game; all should be cooperating to eliminate it, not to divide genders.
Resources for Domestic Violence Victims
Support for domestic violence victims is available in various forms such as:
Crisis intervention services
Crisis hot lines
Shelters or other emergency living facilities
Victims or abusers removal from the home
Self-help support groups
Parenting skill lessons
Support and Legal Help, Domestis violence lawyer:
Contact and guardianship of children
Social benefits help
Assistance with immigration status
Additional Supportive Services:
Admission to community services
However you may describe domestic violence, whether violence against men or women, you have the right to be protected.
For Immediate Assistance:
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) is available all year round. This line is a resource for security information and can link any caller with protection advocates and shelters in their vicinity.
Financial and Medical Resources:
Education and Job Training Assistance Fun (nnedv.org/projects) Grants from the Allstate Foundation assist domestic violence victims with staying in the workforce. Funds up to $1000 can be used for clothing, computers, classes, and additional resources.
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