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Relationship Violence Resources

How does a victim advocate assist with domestic violence?

Family Service of the Piedmont offers court advocacy as part of their victim services division and has staff stationed in District Court both in High Point and Greensboro. A victim advocate can assist in understanding the judicial process, accompanying victims to court, providing information on filing a 50-B domestic protective order, and linking with community resources. Another aspect of the victim advocate’s role is to serve as court liaison and representative for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. D.V.I.P. is a psycho-educational program for offenders. The victim advocate assists with the intake procedure for the program and monitors program compliance.

Family Service of the Piedmont operates a 24-hour crisis line in High Point (336-889-7273) and Greensboro (336 274-7273). The crisis line provides access to two emergency battered women’s shelters in Guilford County. A victim can contact Family Service for assistance in making a safety plan, obtaining information about counseling for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and receiving victim advocacy. Treatment for offenders is also available.