Chatham Launches Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Help Line
Phone Line Available 24/7
A help/crisis line for Chatham County community members impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault has been launched and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The new service is a joint effort of Second Bloom of Chatham and Chatham Family Violence Prevention Services.
To access these services, Chatham County victims of domestic violence or sexual assault can call:
(919) 545- STOP (545-7867)
It is not necessary to be in crisis to call the number. Services are provided to people of all races, classes, religions, ethnic groups, sexual orientations and gender identities.
“The help/crisis line provides immediate support, connects victims to important resources, and gives them lifesaving tools,” said Renita Foxx, director of Chatham County Court Programs. “There is no cost to anyone who calls the crisis line. The goal is to provide support and assist victims with securing safety, and connect to resources.”
Tamsey Hill from Second Bloom of Chatham said, “Our helpline volunteers and staff are trained and skilled to offer empowering and compassionate support. We assist callers in their immediate situation, offering a listening ear, referral services within our local community or help in a crisis. We want to help callers find their best options and make their own choices. We help callers discern whether or not a relationship may be abusive, if a caller is unsure.”
Hill added, “We are always looking for volunteers for the helpline, future services, and other current services. Our volunteers are provided with all necessary training and continual support.”
Victims and other community members can get information on domestic violence, sexual assault, gender violence, safety planning, local resources, and volunteer opportunities by contacting Chatham Family Violence Prevention Services (919) 545-STOP (7867) or Second Bloom of Chatham (919) 545-0055. You can also find both organizations on Facebook where they post updates.