October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month  (DVAM). As Family Services strengthens its initiative to eliminate family violence in our community, we are grateful for every opportunity to promote and educate people in family violence prevention. During the month of October, we hope you will partner with Family Services and other community organizations in this endeavor by attending DVAM events and helping to build a community in which all children and families can live without fear of violence.

The Dixie Classic Fair
September 29 – October 7, 1:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
Winston-Salem Police Department | Domestic Violence Unit Booth
Family Services staff will be present each afternoon at the WSPD booth at the Dixie Classic Fair. Information will be available about the agency’s domestic violence services and volunteer opportunities. Drop by and visit with us.

Day of Unity
October 6, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. | Family Services | 1200 S. Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Family Services and the Winston-Salem Police Department will lead a service of remembrance for local victims of domestic violence and honor 30 years of national awareness and hope. Please join them in raising a collective voice for the safety, security and well-being of women, children and families and renewing a commitment to family violence prevention initiatives that will create a community in which all people are free from the threat of violence. RSVP by October 4 to Rebecca Nagaishi rnagaishi@familyservicesforsyth.org | 336.722.8173.

Black and Bling
October 14, 6:30-10:30 p.m. | Belle Terre Farm | 428 John Crotts Rd, Mocksville, NC 27028-7303
An adults-only outdoor fundraising event that supports Family Services and honors the memory of Sarah Virginia Carr Browder, a victim of domestic violence. Black and Bling raises awareness and supports education to prevent domestic violence in Forsyth County and surrounding counties of North Carolina. Hosted by Stephanie Williams Dean and Susan Kirby Browder, two family violence prevention warriors, the Halloween themed event features Atlantic Coast Highway Band on the Outdoor Stage, bonfires, and fun, adult Halloween activities. 21 Years of Age and Older only. $10.00 Admission at the door. You’ll want to bring your lawn chair, a dish to share, and several $1 bills for the activities. Additional Donations are always accepted. For more details, visit www.blackandbling.blogspot.com

“Private Violence” a Film Presentation
October 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
 | SECCA | 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
RiverRun International Film Festival, SECCA, and The Arts Council have organized a special film presentation and discussion as part of the community’s Domestic Violence Awareness activities. Working with Family Services, as a collaborative member of the Family Violence Prevention Initiative, they invite you to view the film and stay for a moderated discussion. For mature audiences. Free.

Social Justice Storytime: Domestic Violence Prevention
October 21, 10:30 a.m. | Bookmarks | 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
While the topic of domestic violence is difficult to talk about with children, they can learn how to handle conflicts without resorting to violence. Bookmarks, in partnership with the Arts Council, will host a special social justice event for children at their new location. Children’s books will be read about domestic violence prevention followed by an art activity. All ages welcome. Free.

Community Mural Project
October 21, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Arts Council Theatre Parking Lot | 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Family and individuals of all ages are invited to join artist Marianne DiNapoli-Mylet in creating an outdoor mural that raises awareness about Domestic Violence and Abuse and the importance of creating a community in which all people live free from the threat of violence. The design will include spaces that hold “secret messages” that will only show up when the ground is wet. The event is organized by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, a collaborator with Family Services in its Family Violence Prevention Initiative. Free.


Contact Family Services for more information about the work of Family Violence Prevention, services for victims of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Sexual Assault, and how to provide support or volunteer.

Call 911 for an emergency. 24-hour crisis lines at Family Services (336) 722-8173 (Domestic Violence and emergency shelter), (336) 722-4457 (Sexual Assault). Protective Orders at Safe on Seven (336) 779-6320.