Archive for 2017

Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule

Family Law Info Session on Jan. 18

Family Law Info Session on Jan. 18

Three local attorneys will be on hand to answer your general questions about divorce, separation, child custody, child support, landlord-tenant issues, and more. Free event and free childcare provided. Call 919-968-4610 to register. 

Compass Center offers these free Family Law Information Sessions once a month in Chapel Hill. Call or visit our website for more dates.

We’re Hiring a Court Advocacy and Community Response INTERN

We’re Hiring a Court Advocacy and Community Response INTERN

Court Advocacy and Community Response PAID Intern- Jan. 22, 2018


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

National and State Experts Gather to Discuss Domestic Violence Advocacy in NC

National and State Experts Gather to Discuss Domestic Violence Advocacy in NC



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National and State Experts Gather for Film Screening and Panel Discussion about Domestic Violence Advocacy in NC


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –National and statewide experts will come together to discuss how organizations and everyday citizens can play a role in ending domestic violence in North Carolina on October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre.

Hosted by Compass Center for Women and Families, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that provides comprehensive domestic violence crisis services, the event provides an opportunity for domestic violence advocacy experts to engage community members in grassroots activism.

“Research shows that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime.  It affects people of all backgrounds regardless of age, income, gender identity, religion, gender expression and sexual orientation,” said Cordelia Heaney, Executive Director of Compass Center.  “We need to bring this pervasive social, health, and human rights issues out of private spaces and into the public consciousness.  We hope this event raises awareness about domestic violence and inspires community members to join the fight against domestic abuse.”

Panelists include:

  • Jasmine S. McGhee,Special Deputy Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice
  • Beth Meeks, Capacity Technical Assistance Director , National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Amily McCool, Legal and Policy Director, NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Rebecca J. Macy, UNC at Chapel Hill School of Social Work


The short documentary, “Five Awake,” chronicles five women in Louisiana as they successfully advocate for a legislative package to protect victims of domestic abuse and save lives. Their advocacy resulted in unanimous passage of the most comprehensive package of bills ever aimed at stopping domestic violence.  The screening is free and open to the public. Visit to learn more.


Compass Center for Women and Families is a 501 (c) (3) that helps individuals and families build stable lives by preventing domestic violence and becoming self-sufficient.  We provide career and financial literacy education, assistance with legal resources, and adolescent empowerment programs, as well as domestic violence services. 


Compass Center Featured on WHUP Radio’s 3-D News in Hillsborough

On Thursday, Oct. 5, Cordelia Heaney, Executive Director of Compass Center for Women and Families, appeared on WHUP 104.7  radio in Hillsborough to talk about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Heaney and 3-D News Host Bob Burton, aka “Mr. B,”  discussed local resources for victims of domestic abuse and the many educational and fundraising events taking place this month to raise awareness about domestic violence.  Heaney encouraged listeners to attend the month’s premier event— a screening of the film “Five Awake” on Oct. 23, 6 p.m., a the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill. The free event is followed by a panel discussion featuring state and national leaders in domestic violence advocacy.

“Our goal is to talk about the status of domestic violence in North Carolina and to talk about how ordinary people can get engaged with advocacy and legislative activity,” said Heaney. “We can all do our part to end domestic violence.”

A recording of  the interview is available on WHUP’s 3-D News page   beginning at the 25:40 mark.

For a full listing of Compass Center’s educational and fundraising events in October, visit the DVAM 2017 section of the website. 

Cordelia Heaney, Executive Director of Compass Center for Women and Families, at WHUP’s studio in Hillsborough with 3-D News Host “Mr. B.”


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This year, Compass Center’s main event is a screening of  the short film “Five Awake” followed by a panel discussion. Details are in the flyer below. Visit our DVAM 2017 page for a comprehensive listing of all of our DVAM educational and fundraising events.

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Compass Center’s Latinx Services Featured on WHUP Radio

Compass Center’s Latinx Services Featured on WHUP Radio

Compass Center’s Latinx services are expanding, and so is the need for bilingual volunteers. Last Saturday, Sept. 16, Dulce Castillo, Director of Latinx Services at Compass Center for Women and Families, appeared on “La Tertulia con Solangel” on WHUP Radio 104.7. The Spanish-language radio show hosted by Soleir Gordon-Schaefer and Angel Romero shares information, news, cultural events and public affairs content with the Latinx community. Castillo took the opportunity to raise awareness about Compass Center’s domestic violence and financial services in Spanish, geared towards Orange County’s Latinx population. She also put out the call for Spanish-speaking volunteers.

“At Compass Center, bilingual volunteers play a vital role in serving those seeking safety, information, and support, all in the language that is most accessible and safe for them,” says Castillo. “With the help of bilingual and Spanish-speaking volunteer advocates and interpreters, we were able to respond to more than 160 clients with limited English proficiency in 2016.”

Whether volunteers support survivors directly on the hotline, diligently translate written materials, or provide information at events, each volunteer forms part of the effort to support our community. To volunteer at Compass Center, fill out the Volunteer Application .  

Los servicios de Compass Center a la comunidad Latinx están creciendo, al igual que la necesidad por voluntarios bilingües.  El sábado pasado, 16 de septiembre, Dulce Castillo, Directora de servicios a la comunidad Latinx en Compass Center para Mujeres y Familias, apareció en “La Tertulia con Solangel” en WHUP Radio 104.7. El programa, presentado en español por Soleir Gordon-Schaefer y Angel Romero, comparte información, noticias, eventos culturales y contenido sobre asuntos públicos con la comunidad Latinx. Castillo tomó una oportunidad para crear concientización sobre los servicios financieros y de violencia doméstica en Compass Center, orientados hacia la comunidad Latinx del condado de Orange. También hizo un llamado por voluntarios hispanohablantes.

“En Compass Center, los voluntarios bilingües e hispanohablantes prestan un servicio vital al responder a las personas en busca de seguridad, información, y apoyo en el idioma más accesible y seguro para ellas,” dice Castillo. “Con la ayuda de los asesores e intérpretes bilingües e hispanohablantes, pudimos responder a más de 160 clientes con dominio limitado del inglés en el año 2016.

Ya sea apoyando a los sobrevivientes directamente en la línea de ayuda, traduciendo los materiales de forma fidedigna, o proveyendo información en los eventos, cada voluntario forma parte del esfuerzo para apoyar a la comunidad.

Para hacer voluntariado en Compass Center, puede uno llenar la aplicación en linea. También puede contactar a Dulce directamente llamando al: (919) 968-4610, o enviando un correo electrónico a:

To listen to the interview, visit “La Tertulia con Solangel. Castillo comes in at the 21-minute mark.

Para escuchar la entrevista, visite “La Tertulia con Solangel”. Castillo entra a los 21 minutos. 


Host Soleir Gordon-Schaefer (left) with Compass Center’s Dulce Castillo (right) at the WHUP Radio 104.7 station in Hillsborough, NC. During the broadcast, Castillo shared the many services available to the Latinx community and encouraged Spanish-speaking listeners to volunteer.  La presentadora Soleir Gordon-Schaefer (a la izquierda) con Dulce Castillo de Compass Center (a la derecha) en la estación de radio WHUP 104.7 en Hillsborough, NC. Durante el programa, Castillo compartió sobre la variedad de servicios disponibles a la comunidad Latinx y animó a los oyentes a participar en el voluntariado.




Volunteer as a Spanish Interpreter and News About Latinx Events

Spanish Interpreter info

Latinx Events Sept.

Stop by Tandem Restaurant and Support Compass Center

Stop by Tandem Restaurant and Support Compass Center

Tandem Table Card SINGLE

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