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The Silent Victims of Family Violence

As published in Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family Magazines (August 2017) Family violence is a significant public health concern that demands community-wide attention. The effects of domestic violence on women have been well documented; however, the impact on children who witness domestic violence has received less attention. This is surprising, considering that an estimated three to [...]

By | 2017-12-13T14:02:16+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: General Information|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Children: The Silent Victims of Family Violence

by Fulton McSwain Family violence is a significant public health concern that demands community-wide attention. The effects of domestic violence on women have been well documented; however, the impact on children who witness domestic violence has received less attention. This is surprising, considering that an estimated three to four million children are at risk of [...]

Time to do more as domestic, child violence declines

By Bob Feikema As published in The Winston-Salem Journal, Monday, December 19, 2016 Imagine opening your morning paper to these headlines: Intimate partner violence is down by 63%!   Child abuse and neglect rates have dropped by 40%!  Sexual abuse of children has declined by 62%!  You wouldn’t be dreaming. These are the facts.  You can look them [...]

Preventing Family Violence

It’s October, the month that is nationally designated for generating awareness and raising action around family violence, a critical issue that undermines the full vitality of our community. At Family Services, this month-long emphasis is carried out in daily, year-long action. Family Services strives to remove the barriers that prevent all children and families from [...]

Forensic Support in Child Abuse Cases

The work of Family Services' Vantage Pointe Children’s Advocacy Center By Fulton McSwain When something traumatic happens to a child, how does he or she tell responsible adults about happened? The Vantage Pointe Children’s Advocacy Center is a safe, neutral, child-friendly facility where services are provided to children and families who have experienced child maltreatment or [...]

Ring Out Child Abuse, April 8

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Winston-Salem, N.C., April 1, 2016 –– All children deserve to be free from the threat of violence and neglect. Family Services will emphasize this basic human right at a special event that will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, April 8, at the Sarah Y. Austin Head [...]

By | 2017-06-09T10:23:44+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Categories: Updates|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Making the holiday season brighter at the Women’s Shelter

The holiday months can be particularly difficult on families. Many families and individuals seek the help of Family Services as a result of experiencing sexual assault and/or domestic violence, which generally increases by at least 10% during the holiday season. While no one can change the past, Family Services strives to help people rebuild their [...]

Winston Salem Journal Guest Columnist Fulton McSwain “when your worst nightmare comes true”

What services would I want available if, heaven forbid, my child becomes a victim of sexual abuse? A facility that is child-friendly. A neutral place where your child feels physically and psychologically safe and comfortable. Someone professionally trained in interviewing children in a manner that is supportive and legally sound and knowledgeable on issues related [...]

By | 2017-06-09T10:23:45+00:00 July 20th, 2013|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Winston Salem Journal Editorial – Abused children cannot afford funding cuts: Bob Feikema

The people of Forsyth County and across the Triad are now confronted with a test of how we will treat our children who are the victims of child abuse. April – which happened to be Child Abuse Prevention month - turned out to be the cruelest month. That’s when half a dozen agencies in the [...]

By | 2017-06-09T10:23:46+00:00 June 17th, 2013|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments