Forsyth County’s Domestic Violence Center will move from the Hall of Justice to a new location in east downtown Winston-Salem.

On Monday, January 8, 2018, Family Services will operate Forsyth County’s Domestic Violence Center from a new location. Safe on Seven (SOS) is moving from the seventh floor of the Hall of Justice building, where it has provided services to people impacted by domestic violence since 2005.

Safe on Seven, a partnership between Family Services, law enforcement, victim advocates, legal advocates and social services, provides comprehensive support and services in a centralized location to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

“The ‘one stop’ collaboration minimizes the stress and trauma that individuals often face as they navigate the court system in order to obtain a protective order,” says Rebecca Nagaishi, Acting Director of Clinical Services at Family Services.

“We’re excited to move Safe on Seven to its new home at the Behavioral Health Plaza in east downtown Winston-Salem. The new location will enhance the center’s visibility and enable Family Services to expand services for victims, survivors, and their families who live in Forsyth County. Closer proximity to the Department for Social Services and the Public Health Department will enable adults and children who are threatened by family violence to have direct access to critical services in an environment that is less intimidating,” says Nagaishi.

“In other words,” Nagaishi adds, “we believe more people will seek help.”

Beginning on Monday, January 8, Safe on Seven will be fully operational at its new facility:

Address 725 Highland Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Hours 8:00am—5:00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone 336.776.3255

At the new location, Family Services will continue to work with Safe on Seven partners to provide assistance with risk assessment, safety planning, legal assistance, referrals for counseling, emergency shelter, and protective orders.

A new on-site service will include electronic filing of 50B protective orders.

This past fall, Family Services implemented the Electronic Protective Order System in Forsyth County. E-filing enables victims of domestic violence to go before a judge using a video conferencing link from the offices of Safe on Seven to obtain a restraining order.

“It reduces the amount of time and the number of locations a victim must visit in order to process the protective order. Conversely, it increases the amount of time a victim is able to spend with an advocate around safety planning and other supports,” says Nagaishi.

The system was developed in Alamance County in 2013.  Since that time, Wake, Guilford, and Davidson counties have all launched the electronic system.

“The Electronic Protective Order System in Forsyth County is an important step toward enhancing the safety of victims of domestic violence and streamlining the process for all involved. We’re grateful to the unique multi-agency partnership of Safe on Seven that makes it easier for people in Forsyth County to be safe and rebuild their lives. Every step we take together will help create a community in which all people can live free from the threat of family violence,” says Bob Feikema, President and CEO of Family Services.

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Safe on Seven partners include Family Services, the District Attorney’s Office, Clerk of Court, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Winston-Salem Police Department, NC Department of Community Corrections, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Public Health, and Winston-Salem State University Center for Community Safety

Over the past 12 years, Safe on Seven has supported more than 10,000 people who have been impacted by domestic violence in Forsyth County. In 2016, 1,578 received services. 81% were female and 19% male. Six percent were under the age of 18.

Family Services works with the community to ensure that children and families are safe, secure and able to reach their full potential.