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Helpmate provides services to victims of domestic violence in BuncombeCounty. Learn more about the FJC, including information on the other onsite partners and their available services. All services are free, confidential, and provided to people of all genders.
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Helpmate does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, level of ability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. It is a dedicated line answered by trained staff and volunteer advocates. However, we have opened an auxiliary shelter and encourage survivors and service providers to contact our Hour Hotline in order to learn more about this alternative shelter space.
Since many survivors are isolated at home with abusive partners, we want to be sure that anyone in danger has a place to go in order to find safety and security. Helpmate offers a crisis shelter for survivors who are actively fleeing intimate partner violence relationships. Once survivors are successful in seeking safety with us, they are provided with emergency food, clothing and toiletry assistance on site.
In addition to meeting basic needs, survivors are also offered individualized case management deed to support residents in meeting their short-term and long-term goals. Shelter is home to the Empowerment Group and some in-house counseling services to ensure that transportation barriers are minimized for residents. Practical issues such as housing, education, employment, transportation and childcare are addressed, and advocacy with service providers and governmental agencies is provided as needed.
Intake Specialists meet with survivors accessing services at the Family Justice Center for the first time. They explain the various services available, help a survivor navigate the services they are interested in that day and assist with initial safety planning.
We offer free training for professionals who are often first responders to survivors of domestic violence. This can include healthcare providers, employers, mental health professionals, social workers, law enforcement officials, educators and many more. Education and awareness campaigns are essential to building communities that reject abuse. We provide outreach to faith communities through and civic groups to build a coalition of support for victims. Helpmate also provides prevention education to other groups in our community such as substance abuse recovery programs and pregnancy support groups and many more.
Helpmate offers both single- and multi-session programming about healthy dating and dating abuse prevention to youth ages in public and private schools, youth groups and summer camps. College workshops are available upon request and are tailored to the needs of the group. We encourage individuals, businesses, and organizations to post our hour hotline flyers and trifold cards in any location or facility they have connections with workplaces, community centers, faith communities, gyms, doctors offices, schools, etc.
We also have bumper stickers, tote bags, pens, magnets, and so much more to create awareness about Helpmate and the work we do in the community. We would love to share this information more widely in our community and we need your help! Survivors of domestic violence receive free, confidential counseling from a team of d and -eligible staff as well as graduate interns trained to honor the unique situation of each individual client. Survivorsare eligible for up to eight free sessions, with the possibility of additional counseling support on an as-needed basis.
We currently have two full-time therapists as well as a part-time bilingual counselor English,Spanish and counseling interns. To inquire about our counseling services and to schedule an intake appointment, please contact Lauren Ray, our Counseling Coordinator, at ext.
Due to the high volume of inquiries about our counseling services, please allow business days for response. A variety of groups help meet the needs of survivors seeking peer and group support. We currently offer an Empowerment Group on Tuesday evenings, which is a survivor-directed support group facilitated by a member of our counseling staff.
We also run a Latina Empowerment Group on Wednesday evenings that is tailored specifically to the needs of Spanish-speaking survivors. The counseling program also facilitates Domestic Violence Education classes every Tuesday morning.
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Please call our business line at or our hour crisis line at for more information about how to get involved with these groups. Victims establish plans for personal safety, gain an understanding of their legal rights, and receive assistance navigating the court process. Helpmate Hotline: Business Line: Our Services Helpmate provides services to victims of intimate partner domestic violence in Buncombe County.
Outreach and Education Education for Allied Professionals We offer free training for professionals who are often first responders to survivors of domestic violence. Community Education Education and awareness campaigns are essential to building communities that reject abuse. Domestic Violence Defining and understanding the complexities of domestic violence and how to respond appropriately.
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Helpmate in Faith Communities: Trainings geared specifically for faith leaders, congregation members, and youth. Domestic Violence in the Workplace: Helping businesses to create awareness and policies that appropriately address domestic violence in the workplace. Youth Prevention Education Helpmate offers both single- and multi-session programming about healthy dating and dating abuse prevention to youth ages in public and private schools, youth groups and summer camps.
Dating Violence A one-session curriculum teaching teens to identify abusive behaviors and cultivate healthy relationships Safe Dates: Helpmate offers an adaptation of Safe Dates, an evidence-based multi-session curriculum teaching teens to: identify red flag behaviors in friends and dating partners gain skills to help friends in abusive relationships cultivate healthy relationships through conflict resolution and empathy-informed communication communicate via cell phones and social media in healthy and respectful ways Training of Trainers: These workshops are focused on teaching educators and other youth workers about how to talk about dating abuse with teens.
Talking with Your Teens: A workshop focused on teaching parents how to identify s of abusive relationships and support their teens in cultivating healthy relationships.
Awareness Opportunities We encourage individuals, businesses, and organizations to post our hour hotline flyers and trifold cards in any location or facility they have connections with workplaces, community centers, faith communities, gyms, doctors offices, schools, etc. Individual Counseling Survivors of domestic violence receive free, confidential counseling from a team of d and -eligible staff as well as graduate interns trained to honor the unique situation of each individual client. Group Counseling A variety of groups help meet the needs of survivors seeking peer and group support.
Children's Services Helpmate supports survivors and their children. Referrals to community resources for children and survivors Resources and information to help survivors and their children Resources for resiliency Triple P—Positive Parenting Program Specialized in-shelter services for children Emergency Crisis Service.