This chapter is part three of a three-part story arc about a young woman, Laurel, who is the victim of domestic/intimate partner violence. (The two previous chapters are Chapter 20: She’s Being Abused, and Chapter 21: It Gets Worse.)
Figuring in this week’s chapter is the Family Justice Center of Buncombe County.
Here is a quote from Chapter 22: Dear Mom:
It’s so incredible to think of this big place [being the Family Justice Center] I walked into this morning. Maggie and Phyllis work for an organization called Helpmate, which (since I have the brochure right here) “provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic/intimate partner violence in Buncombe County.” Nurse Carol works for Mission Hospital here in Asheville. Officer Hazlett is with the Asheville Police Department. Also in this one building is an organization called Our VOICE, which helps victims of rape and sexual assault. There’s also another group here, Pisgah Legal Services, which, if I had needed any kind of legal advice, they would have provided me.
And all of that is available to me, right here, for free, just for walking in the door.
The Family Justice Center of Buncombe County can be reached at: 828-250-6900
24-hour Buncombe County/Asheville hotlines:
Our VOICE: 828-255-7576