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Because we believe violence in the home generates violence in the community, and Because we believe it is an inherent right to be safe in one's home and community, we work aggressively to empower families and individuals to live free from violence and abuse through programs of education, prevention and intervention
Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services (FVRC) was founded in 1982 by concerned local citizens to provide services to battered women and sexual assault victims in Chatham County. From the beginning, the agency has depended upon trained volunteers to provide crisis intervention and resource information throughout our large rural county and to serve as board members. Since 1982, the agency has grown to include a staff of nineteen full-time, four part-time employees and several AmeriCorps members, interns, and contract workers. The presence of seven bilingual staff members enables us to serve our county's rapidly growing Latino population. Volunteers continue to play a significant role in our ability to provide services, including close to forty active direct service volunteers and dozens of special events volunteers. We remain a community based nonprofit organization under the management of our Board of Directors. Services have expanded accordingly and now include 24-hour crisis intervention, court advocacy and criminal and civil justice assistance, support groups for battered women and incest/sexual assault survivors, emergency and long-term shelter, individual and family counseling, childrens programs, parenting education, services for batterers, information and referrals, community education, extensive professional training and a coordinated community response to domestic violence and sexual assault.
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