Resources for Domestic Violence Victims in North Carolina


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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.

Taking Action

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
Medical services
Transportation systems
Victims or abusers removal from the home

Emotional Support:
Self-help support groups
Confidence training
Sessions
Parenting skill lessons

Support and Legal Help, Domestis violence lawyer:
Contact and guardianship of children
Property issues
Financial help
Restraining orders
Social benefits help
Assistance with immigration status

Additional Supportive Services:
Secure accommodations
Child care
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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Fred Zarro - Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 9:54:14 am

This seems like a fair article, and I appreciate the attempt not to demonize men's rights advocates, because there's a REAL need for men to speak out about certain forms of discrimination that disproportionately (or exclusively) affect men. Violence against women or men (unless it's truly self-defense), is unacceptable in a civil society. Maybe if we put more time, energy, and care into addressing the many forms of violence and discrimination against men "outside" of the home, we'll see a significant reduction of violence by men in the home-and I really believe that would happen. In America, over 90% of the homeless are men, the suicide rate for men is 3 times that of women, over 90% of workplace deaths are men (who do the more dangerous jobs), men are significantly more likely to be assaulted, men are expected to manifest strength and invulnerability, and men who do attempt to express their fears, anger, or frustration are all too often shamed or emasculated for their feelings (or worse), have their feelings dismissed and invalidated, and are told to "Man up", because after all, men with insecurities and fears aren't as "sexy" as strong and confident ones. As more men are allowed to be fully human, without losing or apologizing for their masculinity either, those men who are forced to stuff their feelings in the workplace, or put up with abuse and disrespect there and elsewhere in society will be less likely to carry their anger and frustration home with them, because they won't have as much to be angry about. Restoring respect for husbands and fatherhood, which feminism has steadily eroded over the last 40 years, will also make a HUGE difference in reducing violent behavior by men, because men who feel respected, appreciated, and loved within their families are a lot less likely to want to hurt women, or anyone else for that matter. Thanks again for not falling into the easy and convenient trap of demonizing the male gender, which itself is one of the contributors to domestic violence by men against women. Peace!!

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