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Compass Center’s ED, Cordelia Heaney, featured on WCHL Radio

Compass Center’s ED, Cordelia Heaney, featured on WCHL Radio

The statistics about domestic violence are staggering. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, nearly one in four women in America – and nearly one in seven men – will experience physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. And domestic violence often goes unreported – so much so that experts on the subject still consider an increase in reports to be a positive step. (It doesn’t mean domestic violence is on the rise, they say; it means it’s no longer being swept under the rug.)  Click here to listen the interview and read the entire article. 

Compass Center’s DVAM Event Featured In The Daily Tar Heel

Compass Center’s DVAM Event Featured In The Daily Tar Heel

The Compass Center for Women and Families, a Chapel Hill organization that supports domestic violence victims, hosts a series of events throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A kickoff happy hour at the Crunkleton Tuesday raised money for Compass Center and was featured in The Daily Tar Heel. 

 

 

 

 

Compass Center’s Annual Fall Appeal Campaign is Underway

Compass Center’s Annual Fall Appeal Campaign is Underway

“I Got The Job!”  – – Hearing those four words is the best thank you we can get at Compass Center. When we see a client who walks in to the Henderson Street House hopeless and desperate and then within weeks their entire world turns around, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

It also makes it worthwhile to ask our partners to continue their invaluable support by giving during our annual Fall Appeal . Please read our September newsletter to learn exactly how we helped this mom get that job and thrive after surviving domestic violence.

If you truly want to help make a significant difference in your community, this is a great opportunity to do so. You have the ability to help us share more stories like this one. Thank you and DONATE  today.

 

 

Compass Center Partnering With Wheels4Hope

Compass Center Partnering With Wheels4Hope

Compass Center is thrilled to partner this year with Wheels4Hope, a Raleigh-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals purchase affordable vehicles and reach their self-sufficiency goals. Wheels4Hope accepts vehicle donations year-round, and many of these vehicles become program cars – valued in the $2,000-$4,000 range- which a limited number of eligible individuals referred by Compass Center and other partner agencies can purchase for $500 plus tax/tag/title fees. To learn more about eligibility, please call our office at 919-968-4610 or email Bridget McEnaney at bmcenaney@compassctr.org. To learn more about Wheels4Hope’s mission, as well as information on how to donate a vehicle, please visit their website at http://wheels4hope.org/.”

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Keep in touch with events that are currently going on, and those that are upcoming, especially as the autumn and fall seasons are getting closer. Everything will be listed on our Events Calendar including the events, day(s) and time(s), location, directions, and so much more. Thanks, and keep a look out!  

Urgent Needs for our Domestic Violence Clients

Urgent Needs for our Domestic Violence Clients

Domestic violence affects women, men and children in our country, state and local communities. While the most important way to support domestic violence is to educate yourself and others on the realities of this issue, there are tangible items needed to help victims of domestic violence in crisis. Below are some of Compass Center’s supply needs. Please donate to our cause today.

One $20 gas card donation:
– helps a client get to court in Hillsborough to file their domestic violence protective order.
– enables a client to attend their court hearings related to their domestic violence protective order.
– enables a client to travel to Hillsborough to attend court to follow through on criminal charges against their abuser.
– provides transportation for a victim to get to and from a medical provider or the emergency room following an incident of abuse in which there was physical trauma.

One $20 grocery card donation:
– pays for dinner and breakfast for a victim and child who have just entered emergency shelter placement.
– allows a victim to buy diapers and formula for her infant when she is going into shelter and does not have access to money due to financial abuse.
– pays for children’s snacks as they wait on their parent who is receiving domestic violence services.
– enables a victim to have food to eat the day they are fleeing their abusive partner, seeking shelter and working with the court system.

One used cell phone donation:
– can be traded in for career, legal and financial program funding for victims in transition

Court Advocacy: Through an Intern’s Eyes, Molly Kirkpatrick

Court Advocacy: Through an Intern’s Eyes, Molly Kirkpatrick

Over the past couple of months, I have had the opportunity to go to domestic violence court in Hillsborough and serve as a court advocate on behalf of Compass Center. This role involves supporting victims of domestic violence through the court process by providing emotional support through what can sometimes be a re-traumatizing experience. Often times, victims may have to see their abusers in the courtroom, sometimes re-live their experiences by having to tell their story in a hearing, or be asked to provide sufficient proof to a judge and a room full of strangers to indicate that they are fearful and deserving of protection. Most of the time this whole process is stretched out over the course of a long, dragged out day, and most likely subsequent long days. The whole process can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for our clients, to say the very least.

In addition to the emotional stress the legal process can produce, we assist our clients through the numerous other barriers they may face in their court processes. One of the most significant of these barriers for victims is the very limited availability of low-cost or pro-bono legal counsel in the Orange County area. One might think, given the large population of law students and lawyers in the area, that it would be easy to find legal representation; however, this is not the case. Legal Aid of North Carolina is the only low-cost resource available to clients who are unable to afford a private attorney, however, due to the overwhelming need for Legal Aid’s services their office is burdened with many more cases than they are able to take. The court process is complicated and nuanced and best handled with the guidance of an experienced attorney. Given the difficulty our clients face in finding representation at a manageable cost, many of our clients have to proceed with no legal support through their court process, putting them at a possible disadvantage.

Another barrier that many of our clients face in their court process is transportation to and from the Hillsborough courthouse. Compass Center does all that it can to assist clients through this complication that often arises, which can sometimes require innovative and creative problem solving. Some of the ways that Compass Center has been able to support clients through this barrier include helping with bus passes or providing bus schedules, working with clients to find rides with family members or friends, or sometimes even coordinating cab services to and from court.

The combination of all of these barriers for our clients indicate how stressful, re-traumatizing, and alienating the experience can be for victims and highlights the need and importance of Compass Center’s Court Advocacy Program in providing support. Although the Court Advocacy Program cannot provide legal advice for clients or assist with the gap in legal services they face, it can help clients in feeling more supported on many levels. In addition to supporting clients through their court processes, Compass Center Court Advocacy Program works to connect clients at court to additional Compass Center services including support groups, safety planning and connecting clients with resources in the community. The Court Advocacy Program is also continuing to do its part in advocating for more resources for low-cost legal services in the area. I am grateful to have had an insider’s perspective on the happenings of domestic violence court proceedings and now feel even more passionate about advocating for victim services and supporting victims in any way I can.

Men in our Community

Men in our Community

Volunteers are vital to the delivery of services at Compass Center for Women and Families. With the assistance of 200+ volunteers, we are able to serve 6,000 women, men and children in our community.  Issues surrounding career, legal, and financial needs and goals and domestic violence affect everyone. As an organization serving 90% women, we are eager to provide services to more men and to work with more male volunteers.

We are grateful for the male volunteers that have engaged with the agency to help deliver services. Men serve in many capacities at Compass Center. Below are examples of the work of some of our male volunteers:

Mark Phillips previously served on the Finance Committee for The Women’s Center. As vice president of Jacob’s Capital, a boutique investment banking firm in Chapel Hill, Mark brings a high level of expertise to Compass Center’s Board of Directors. Mark is currently treasurer of our board and has held this position since 2012.

John Miskey has led Compass Center’s monthly family law workshops for the past two years. As a partner with Bagwell Holt Smith, PA, John also participates in our legal information services appointments, offering a free 15-minute phone conversation to dozens monthly to discuss individual legal situations. John joined the Compass Center Board of Directors in July of 2014 and is currently leading the Executive Director search committee.

Jay Miller has volunteered as a financial counselor with Compass Center since 1999. As a financial counselor, Jay meets one-on-one with individuals to help them budget, meet financial goals and develop businesses. Jay also serves as secretary of the Henderson Street House Foundation, which provides our client services facility at 210 Henderson St. rent free.

Cole van de Water began serving as a hotline advocate in 2011. As an advocate, Cole meets in-person with clients in crisis, as well as takes phone calls to offer emotional support, help individuals complete domestic violence protective orders and provide information and referral when appropriate.

Bob Pleasants trained as a hotline advocate and community educator and later joined staff. More recently, Bob has volunteered his time to lead a session on the socio-ecological model of domestic violence for new hotline advocates during our fall and spring volunteer trainings.

Having a male presence in the Center is important to us, as we want anyone to feel comfortable walking through our doors. In addition to providing support to our clients through their involvement, our male volunteers are then able to go back and spread the word of our services and educate others. If you know a man who could contribute to Compass Center by volunteering or using our services, please visit www.compassctr.org or call us at 919-968-4610.CC Indy Photo

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives: Lee Smith

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives: Lee Smith

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Lee Smith is an accomplished fiction author who often incorporates the stories of southern women into her novels and short stories. Through her writing, she advances the story of women and ensures that our story is part of our nation’s history. Lee has also hosted numerous fundraising events for the Carolina Women’s Center and Compass Center. As a key performer in the 2013 Evening of Story and Song, Lee helped raise nearly $15,000 to support Compass Center programs and services. To learn more about Lee, click here. Thank you Lee!

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives: Ora DeKornfeld

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives: Ora DeKornfeld

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Ora DeKornfeld, a recent graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, is a passionate filmmaker who captures the stories of women in a beautiful and empowering way. Her videos showcase the strength of women, and she graciously uses her talents to make the stories of women known. To learn more about Ora or see her videos, click here. Thank you Ora!

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