Family Services of Caswell County Acknowledges National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Family Services of Caswell County is the local certified Domestic Violence Service Provider supporting victims of all types of Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence is also known as Family Violence, Intimate Partner Violence and Dating Violence. Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of intentionally violent and/or controlling behavior used against a family member or a dating/intimate partner to gain power and control over that person, during and/or after the relationship.

History

In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989 the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Statistics

Family Services of Caswell County operates a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, and it has experienced a 60% increase in crisis calls since October 2020. 70% of all new clients requested court advocacy support from Family Services staff. According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV), 1 in 3 Women and 1 in 4 Men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. At this point in 2021, there have been 45 Domestic Violence related homicides in North Carolina, which is 74% of all DV homicides reported in 2020. “The 45 lives lost due to Domestic Violence is tragic. In fact, any life lost is tragic, it is just the circumstances of a DV related death because there are always questions how the warning signs of DV were missed by family, friends and even co-workers…” stated Aisha Gwynn, Director. Intimate Partner Violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

Agency Information

Family Services of Caswell County has a staff of five advocates dedicated to supporting victims of Domestic Violence. Family Services of Caswell County operates as a department of Caswell County Government. The mission of Family Services of Caswell County is to provide safety and support for victims of domestic violence, while leading community efforts to end domestic abuse.  We strive to eliminate domestic violence from our community by providing assistance in finding safe shelter, crisis intervention, advocacy, referrals to community resources, information, and support while educating our community regarding the prevalence, effects, and prevention of domestic violence. If you or a person you know is affected by Domestic Violence please reach out to our Crisis Hotline at 33.694.5655. It is answered by trained advocates 24 hours-7 days a week, including holidays and weekends.

Family Services of Caswell County is funded in part by grants, donations and the generosity of the Caswell County Board of Commissioners. For more information about the agency, please visit our website at www.caswellcountync.gov/family-services. For more information on North Carolina statistics please visit https://nccadv.org/domestic-violence-info/nc-stats.

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For more information, press only:

Aisha Gwynn

336.694.5750

agwynn@caswellcountync.gov