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Domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, knows no socioeconomic, age, race or gender barriers.

Whether you're a teen, youth or adult, love or its expression shouldn't hurt. If you – or someone you know – is a victim of intimate partner violence, you're not alone. Help is available.

Did You Know

  • 1 in 4 American women report being abused in her lifetime
  • 1 in 9 American men report being abused in his lifetime
  • 30 percent of teens report they have worried about their personal safety while in a relationship
  • 20 percent of teens in a serious relationship report having been hit, slapped or pushed by a girlfriend or boyfriend
  • 85 percent of victims are female
  • 75 percent of perpetrators are male

The Domestic Violence Healthcare Project

Based at Carolinas Medical Center, part of Atrium Health, the Domestic Violence Healthcare Project brings together the resources of CMC and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Forensic Medicine Program. The Forensic Medicine Program works with hospitals in the county to provide quality forensic and advocacy services to patients touched by any crime. Through this unique partnership, if you go to the hospital, you will work with forensic nurses who provide comprehensive care and help you plan for the future.

The Domestic Violence Healthcare Project provides free, 24-hour advocacy services to victims of intimate partner violence. Services are provided only with the client's consent.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 704-446-3999 to speak with an advocate.

The Project’s Services Include:

  • Assessing the risk and safety factors of the victim
  • Documenting the history of the abusive/controlling behaviors in the relationship
  • Determining the level of danger posed by the abuser
  • Working with the client to create a safety plan
  • Photo documentation of injuries
  • Providing information on local resources and educational information
  • Providing emotional support
  • Following up, if safe to contact the client.

Other Domestic Violence Resources

Emergency Shelters:

  • Shelter for Battered Women: 704-332-2513
  • Salvation Army Center of Hope Women and Children's Shelter: 704-348-2560

Counseling/Support Groups:

  • Women's Commission: 704-336-3210
  • DVHP: 704-446-3999

Court Advocacy (assistance with restraining orders and criminal court processes):

  • Victim Assistance: 704-336-4126

Services for Child Witnesses:

  • Shelter for Battered Women: 704-332-2513
  • Women's Commission: 704-336-3210

Services for Teen Victims:

  • Women's Commission: 704-336-3210
  • DVHP: 704-446-3999

Servicios en Español:

  • Shelter for Battered Women: 704-332-2513
  • Victim Assistance: 704-336-4126
  • Program Confianza 704-432-6970

Perpetrator Services:

  • NOVA: 704-336-4344
  • Impact: 980-721-7268