Community Partner Spotlight: Family Abuse Services
Family Abuse Services was established in 1983 to mitigate intimate partner violence in Alamance County. Services and support are provided to victims and their children as needed. In 1985, their emergency shelter opened to quickly remove victims from dangerous situations and house them safely. Transitional housing opened in 1997 for longer stays and again offer a safe place for families to live. We were able to sit down with staff and learn about the different services provided by Family Abuse Services and the collaboration that occurs on a daily basis.
Executive Director Dr. LaTonya Penny spoke highly of her staff and their ability to work collectively to complete projects and grants. We as United Way assist in funding their case manager in the emergency shelter which provides a range of wrap-around services depending on the needs of the client. The team at Family Abuse Services is doing great work to reach those vulnerable populations.
Family Abuse Services is housed in the Family Justice Center (FJC), a place where victims of family and elder abuse can go for a one-stop-shop of services. The center is located on Martin St. and has around 10 partner agencies that provide an array of services. At the FJC, you can find Burlington Police Department, Women’s Resource Center, CrossRoads, DSS Child Protective Services and more. Specific services include but are not limited to supervised visitation, legal assistance, job readiness, and support groups. The FJC opened in 2010 and provides services M-F 8:30-4:30pm.
An organization like Family Abuse Services is much needed and we appreciate their hard work in improving the lives individuals and families! For volunteer opportunities, visit here.