Emergency shelter is essential for survivors and their minor children who are fleeing abusive
situations. Center for Domestic Peace works with victims to coordinate emergency shelter needs. The shelters provide a safe residence and support for victims and their minor children. Shelter is available for Jackson County residents through a partnership with REACH of Macon County and other Domestic Violence Service Providers in the area.
For survivors who pursue legal action against their abuser, attending court proceedings can be
intimidating and scary. Court Advocates assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
who decide to pursue legal action or protection. Court Advocates are available to attend hearings
with survivors to help them understand the legal process, accompany them in meetings with law
enforcement officers and the district attorney, support them in facing abusers, assist them in
processing the outcome of the hearing, and work with them in creating a safety plan. Our
advocates can assist in filing ex parte civil protective orders, refer survivors to Legal Aid of NC
for civil legal advice, and accompaniment to the Magistrates office to file charges.
Domestic violence has no regard for age. Center for Domestic Peace serves children and youth
who experience or witness domestic violence. Our Advocates are available to inform youth of
their rights, provide age-appropriate counseling, connect youth with peer support groups, assist
youth in court proceedings, and help youth create safety plans. Additionally, Center for Domestic
Peace offers teen dating intervention and community outreach programs. If appropriate,
Advocates coordinate services with Advocates from Child Advocacy Centers and/or Social
Workers from the Department of Social Services.