Our Mission
To identify, address, and attempt to rectify issues relating to and associated with domestic violence, sexual assault, and their effects on adults, children, and the communities of Bladen and Columbus counties.

Please feel free to contact us 24/7 on our Confidential Crisis Line(910) 641-0444

                                                                                                                           What is Domestic Violence?                                                                                                                                                                Violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.

Some Red Flags are:
+Looking at you or acting in ways that scare you
+Keeping you or discouraging you from seeing your friends or families
+Taking your money or refusing to give you money for expenses
+Preventing you from making your own decisions
+Telling you that you are a bad parent or threatening to harm or take away your children
+Preventing you from working or attending school
+Blaming you for the abuse, or acting like it’s not really happening
+Destroying your property or threatening to hurt or kill your pets
+Intimidating you with guns, knives or other weapons
+Shoving, slapping, choking or hitting you
+Attempting to stop you from pressing charges
+Threatening to commit suicide because of something you’ve done
+Threatening to hurt or kill you

 What is Sexual Assault?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:                                                                                      +Attempted rape
+Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
+Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
+Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape

If you are a survivor of sexual assault and/or rape, please consider participating in a study exploring the types of therapeutic services and healing practices used by survivors. The study is an anonymous, 30-minute, online survey with an optional follow-up phone interview. The purpose of this study is to increase awareness and understanding of the healing process after sexual violence in order to hopefully improve services for survivors. The survey will be available until March 31, 2019. If you are interested in participating or would like more information please visit: https://bit.ly/2PWztWd

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Weingarten, the principal investigator, at cweinga@hawaii.edu. Thank you!

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