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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

Child Abuse Victims Will Suffer if Funding Isn’t in Place

Three Triad non-profits are banding together to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars to help abused children. A community fundraising campaign is underway to replace the loss of state and federal funding for child abuse and neglect programs. Several community leaders, child advocacy agencies and local law enforcement officials gathered at the [...]

By | 2015-09-02T11:40:11+00:00 June 5th, 2013|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments