FAQs 2017-06-09T10:23:40+00:00
What is Sexual Assault? 2017-06-09T10:23:46+00:00

Sexual assault includes any sexual behavior against another person that is forced, coerced or manipulated, such as rape, child molestation, incest, and same-sex assault. It is a crime of violence intended to exert power and control over the victim’s body. Perpetrators of sexual assault may be friends, family members, acquaintances, significant others, marital partners, strangers, or people in positions of power.

What should I expect when I come for my first session? 2015-09-25T15:44:38+00:00

You should arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time. Please bring with you income documents, e.g., paycheck stubs, and health insurance cards. You will be asked to fill out some paperwork and review an agreement that describes some of the terms of our service.

Each counseling session is about 45-50 minutes, but the first one may be a little longer. Once you are in the therapist’s office, he/she will guide you on how the session will proceed.

Your therapist will be interested in learning your situations and ask some questions to understand them accurately. You are free to ask the therapist any questions you may have. Then, you and the therapist will begin to develop goals for your therapy together.

What is family therapy? 2015-09-25T15:46:31+00:00

Family therapy focuses on the relationships of family members instead of just on one individual to help solve conflicts or concerns. Your therapist may see any combination of or all family members together, depending on the types of problems and the most effective ways to reach resolutions.

Are my therapy sessions confidential? 2017-06-09T10:23:46+00:00

All personal information and what you discuss in therapy are completely confidential. Family Services may not release any of your conversations with your therapists to a third-party without your written permission, except where the law requires disclosure.

How do I know a therapist is qualified? 2015-09-25T15:44:56+00:00

All of Family Services’ therapists have completed accredited graduate school programs in social work, counseling, and/or marriage and family therapy, among others. They are licensed in the state of North Carolina in their field of study.

How can I learn more about family violence, sexual assault or child maltreatment and share information with others? 2015-09-25T15:45:20+00:00

Family Services is committed to increasing community awareness. Our staff is available to meet with community organizations and groups for formal presentations and/or facilitate discussion. To learn more about our community education offerings, contact Family Services at 336.722.8173.

Can my partner really change? 2015-09-25T15:45:11+00:00

Real change is only possible if your partner wants to change, regardless of whether or not you remain in the relationship. Acknowledging that he/she needs help is the first step toward change. Change depends on your partner’s motivation and commitment to working on his/her own problems. It may have taken many years for your partner to learn to deal with problems in violent and controlling ways; it will take time to learn new ways of behavior.


Are treatment services available for domestic violence offenders?   2015-09-25T15:45:03+00:00

Yes, Family Services offers our Time-Out® Intervention Program for Abusers that addresses issues of abuse, power and control in relationships.  This program is state approved and was first offered in 1985.

What are the fees for victim services? 2015-09-25T15:46:02+00:00

There is no charge to

Additional counseling costs are based on a sliding fee scale, or may be paid through private insurance and various state and local funds.

Is residential services available for male victims of domestic violence? 2015-09-25T15:45:46+00:00

Yes, Family Services provides residential assistance to men who are in abusive relationships.

Does Forsyth County have a shelter for victims of abuse? 2015-09-25T15:45:39+00:00

Yes. Family Services offers emergency shelter for victims  and their children who have experienced violence. The shelter is located in an undisclosed location in Forsyth County to protect families currently living there.

Is family violence only applicable to married couples? 2015-09-25T15:45:54+00:00

No. Family violence can occur between intimate partners or family members, including people who are married, single, and/or cohabitating. Domestic violence can also happen between siblings, or parents and children.

If I call to talk about my current relationship or seek victim services, is my information confidential? 2017-06-09T10:23:46+00:00

Yes. We value confidentiality and will not release any of your information without your written permission, except where disclosure is required by law, such as in cases of child abuse and elder abuse.