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Mailing Address:

Community Support Services
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

CSS Communications
704-432-7233

Key Initiatives

​October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

                               October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month                                 

Every October advocates across Mecklenburg County come together to raise awareness about domestic violence. This month provides an opportunity each year to educate the community on the pattern of abusive behaviors that alter the lives of too many of our neighbors, friends and families. It is a time hold events in memory of those who have lost their lives at the hands of their abusers, and to celebrate all survivors of intimate partner violence.

CSS Celebrates Successful Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) continues to embody the heart of Community Support Service's (CSS) goal to deepen the understanding of domestic violence issues, share resources and support survivors. Throughout the month many activities occurred including four proclamations in honor of the month and survivors, County staff wearing purple, a comprehensive social media campaign and a mural installation, all while staff and volunteers ensured domestic violence resources reached thousands of people in the community.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019 highlights include:

  • Community Reach: Prevention and Intervention staff and volunteers reached nearly 3,500 individuals at 53 DVAM-specific events, as compared to 2,076 individuals in 2018.
  • Resources: More than 2,000 domestic violence resource guides, 2,500 safety cards, and 5,000 awareness bracelets were given away.
  • New Partnerships: CSS connected with 24 new organizations across Mecklenburg County including, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Southeastern University, Judah Church, Healing Vine Harbor, Ramses Temple, Your Destiny Learning Center, Midwives gathering, and Southern Knowledge.
  • Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau: Trained 8 new volunteers to be a part of the Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau.
  • Social Media: Increased social media page likes by 3 percent (62 likes); Increased our page impressions by 59.3% percent compared to the month prior; 62 DVAM-specific posts with combined post engagements at of 5,310 – an average of 85 engagements per post (80.7% increase compared to the month prior); Participated in first-ever Facebook Live event resulting in nearly 6,000 views; Took over the Mecklenburg County Instagram Story – the archive is now housed on the homepage of the County Instagram – 341 accounts viewed;432 impressions; 8 shares and 3 replies.
  • Web Presence: The DVAM page was the top viewed page of CSS' web pages in October. This page had 1,023 total page views. This is up 639 views from 2018.
  • New This Year:
    • Four proclamations in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    • Hope Mural CLT - Partnership between Thread Talk and Park and Rec – Little Sugar Creek Greenway Mural
    • Partnership with Mecklenburg County Health Department, includes articles in their publications, wearing purple together and participation in events.

For more information, contact Community Support Services Prevention and Intervention Services Division Director Elyse Hamilton-Childres at 980-314-8940 or Elyse.Hamilton-Childres@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov .

Domestic Violence Presentations Available: 

The issue of domestic violence affects every aspect of our community; our homes, our schools and our businesses. You can be a part of the solution!

Invite us to come and speak at your group, church, school or business. To request a speaker:

  1.  Fill out this form

  2. Email it to CSSPrevention@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. *When possible please provide two weeks notice.

We look forward to working with you!


Address

Mailing Address:

Community Support Services
Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 2000
Charlotte, NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

CSS Communications
704-432-7233

Key Initiatives