Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Shelter and Services
Crisis Line - (910) 641-0444
We are one of the organizations
being honored in
Channel 6 WECT's
"12 Strays of Christmas"
Families First, a domestic violence and sexual assault agency, believes that sheltering families also includes thier animal family.
We think it is important because 71 % of pet-owning women who go to abuse shelters report that their abuser had injured, maimed, threatened or killed pets, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. And as many as 40 percent of abused women stayed in an abusive home because they refused to leave their pets behind.
There are about 75 shelters nationwide that have in-house pet programs, and that is only about 3 % of shelters.
Thanks to WECT for including us in this holiday program bring important attention to the various needs of all kinds of animals.
To donate to Families First's program, please click the donate button below.
Families First is a non-profit agency that relies on community support and donations to help families facing domestic violence and sexual assault.
It was incorporated in 1995. At the time there was no domestic violence or sexual assault service in this area, yet the need for these services was urgent and documented by a variety of agencies and professionals. Concerned citizens gathered in January that year to work toward a solution.
By December, Families First began direct services. By early 1996, Columbus County Commissioners approved leasing a county building for use as a shelter.
In 2002, Families First opened an office in Elizabethtown for victims of domestic violence.
Our staff and volunteers have dedicated themselves to improving the quality of life for women, men and their children in Columbus and Bladen Counties.
To make a donation of money, goods or services, please call the Whiteville Office at 910-642-5996 or Elizabethtown Office at 910-862-2534 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You may also make a donation using our Donate button or mail donations to us at the Whiteville address below. Thank you for your support!
Families First Inc.
P.O. Box 1776
Whiteville, NC 28472