Sexual assault includes any sexual behavior against another person that is forced, coerced, or manipulated. It may include rape, child molestation, incest, or same-sex assault, for example. 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.
Family Services is committed to increasing community awareness. Our staff is available to meet with community organizations and groups to give formal presentations and/or facilitate discussion. To request a speaker, contact Family Services at (336) 722-8173.
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.
Family Services does not offer offender treatment. Click here for a list of local Domestic Violence Intervention programs available by county.
There is no charge to:
- Stay in Family Services’ Emergency Shelter for domestic violence victims and their children.
- Speak with our crisis line, hospital, and court advocates.
- Receive your first three brief counseling sessions for recent victims of domestic violence.
Additional counseling costs are based on a sliding-fee scale or may be paid through private insurance and various state and local funds.
Yes, Family Services provides residential assistance to men who are in abusive relationships.
Yes. Family Services offers emergency shelter for victims, regardless of gender, and their children who have experienced interpersonal violence. The shelter is located in an undisclosed location in Forsyth County.
No. Family violence can occur between intimate partners or family members, including people who are married, single, or living together. Domestic violence can also happen between siblings, or between parents and adult children.
Yes. We value confidentiality. We 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.
If you know or suspect your child has been a victim of physical or sexual violence, please call 911 or Child Protective Services of the Forsyth County Department of Social Services at 336-703-2287.
The Family Services 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 who have witnessed a violent crime. Referrals for forensic interviews are only accepted from law enforcement or Social Services. For information, contact the Family Services Children’s Advocacy Center at (336) 354-1067.