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Domestic violence affects millions of Americans regardless of social status, age, race or gender.

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 domestic violence, you're not alone. Help is available.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), occurs among heterosexual or same sex couples and doesn’t require sexual intimacy. IPV is used by current or former partners/spouses to control an intimate relationship. This behavior includes:

  • Physical violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Stalking
  • Psychological harm such as threats, intimidation and emotional abuse

Did you know?

  • About 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced contact, sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
  • 3 women are killed each day in the US by an intimate partner
  • 30% of teens report they have worried about their personal safety while in a relationship
  • 20% of teens in a serious relationship report having been hit, slapped or pushed by a girlfriend or boyfriend
  • 85% of victims are female
  • 75% of offenders are male

Learn more about IPV from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How to get help

Based at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center, the Domestic Violence Healthcare Project provides support and advocacy for patients experiencing IPV. We offer free, 24-hour services to victims of intimate partner violence.

If you’re a victim of domestic violence, call 704-446-3999.

A safe place for survivors

We offer a safe environment that focuses on the needs of the domestic violence survivor. With a dedicated team of victim advocates and experienced professionals, we provide compassionate and sensitive delivery of services in a nonjudgmental manner. We strive to empower survivors to make well-informed decisions in their own time, so that they can take the steps when and how they choose to live a safe, healthy life.

Our program provides survivor-centered assistance by:

  • Assessing the risk and safety factors of the victim
  • Providing emotional support
  • Providing education about the mental, emotional and other impacts of IPV
  • 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
  • Taking photo documentation of injuries
  • Providing information on local resources and community referrals
  • Following up, if safe to contact the client

Other domestic violence resources

Atrium Health isn’t the only place you can go for help. There are emergency shelters, support groups and more available to assist anyone in need. Check your state coalition website for a county by county directory of local services.

If you aren’t sure where to go, the National Domestic Violence Hotline may be able to direct you to local services. Give them a call at 800-799-7233 or visit them online.

24/7 Hotline

Emergency shelters

Counseling/Support groups

Services for child witnesses

Services for teen victims

Servicios en español

Offender services