In the past month, three separate cases that police said are all instants of domestic violence have made headlines. Counselors with Interact want victims to know they are ready and willing to help them find safety.
Interact is Wake County’s only provider of resources for victims of sexual and domestic violence. Interact has a 24/7 crisis hotline that is staffed by counselors 365 days a year.
Christina Brewer, Interact’s Associate Director of Communications, said that, last year, counselors fielded nearly 7,700 calls.
“People are calling, needing that immediate help,” said Brewer.
In addition to the crisis hotline, Interact offers emergency shelters, counseling, help filling a protective order, and an avenue out of a dangerous situation.
“It takes seven times before someone will leave for good. It’s understanding that there are so many barriers that relate to a person leaving, and that is a process, not an event,” Brewer said.
According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there have been 32 homicides in 2018 that are believed to be cases of domestic violence.
“One in three women, and one in four men will be affected at some point in their life. So, understanding that it really does happen to someone that you know,” she said.
24 Hour Crisis Hotlines:
- Domestic Violence: 919-828-7740
- Sexual Assault: 919-828-3005
- Solace Center: 919-828-3067
- Spanish: 844-203-8896