We are still here for you during these uncertain times!
As we continue to receive updates regarding coronavirus, Our VOICE would like to inform survivors, community partners and supporters that we are making temporary changes to our services in order to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus. Until further notice, Our VOICE’s services will reflect the following:
- Crisis Hotline: Our crisis line will operate as usual, 24/7 at 828-255-7576.
- FJC Walk-in Services: Until further notice, walk-in services at the Family Justice Center at 35 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801 are still available on a limited basis. Call our crisis line at 828-255-7576 for more information.
- Individual Counseling Services: Counselors have the ability to provide services remotely, either online or via phone. On a case-by-case basis, counselors may be able to offer counseling services in person. Please call our office at 828-252-0562 or our crisis line at 828-255-7576 to start the counseling referral process or to connect with your counselor.
- Support Groups: Support groups may be offered either online or be postponed.
- Legal Advocacy: Court advocacy and law enforcement advocacy services will be offered on a limited basis.Please call our office at 828-252-0562 or our crisis line at 828-255-7576 to start a request for legal advocacy services or to connect with your advocate.
- Case Management: Case management services will be offered remotely, either online or via phone. Please call our office at 828-252-0562 or our crisis line at 828-255-7576 to request case management services or to connect with your current case manager.
- Medical Advocacy: Until further notice, medical advocacy is being offered via phone for survivors presenting at Mission Hospital. For survivors presenting at the Family Justice Center, in-person medical advocacy is available.
- Prevention Programming: In-person prevention programs will be put on hold until further notice, however, we have the ability to host prevention workshops via Zoom, for anyone interested please fill out a request form here.
Donations: If you are interested in making a monetary donation, we would encourage you to make it here or for you to contact our Director of Philanthropy, Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, at 828-252-0562 X 102 or email@example.com. Our VOICE depends on community support, and your donation today will ensure that vital services are available during this time.
Our VOICE is dedicated to the health and well-being of all people. We will continue to serve survivors, reduce the rates of assault in our region, and offer education programs that are designed to empower our youth to live happy, safe, and productive lives. We will also continue to work to dismantle the oppressions that contribute to sexual violence and human trafficking. In these uncertain and often fearful times, we cannot permit xenophobia and racism to go unchecked. For further reading click here, here and here. For tools to disrupt xenophobia and racism, click here, here and here.
Please take care of yourselves and your families as we work together to control the spread of coronavirus over the coming months. We cannot encourage you enough
to take care of yourself. Take a walk, make sure you eat well, call a friend and breathe.
-Angelica R. Wind
In the pursuit of a community free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy, and education.
Crisis Line: 828.255.7576
Text “VOICE” or “VOZ” to 85511
Crisis Support – Counseling – Case Management – Advocacy (Medical, Court) – Educational Programs – Training – Latinx Services – Events – Community Engagement
The Bar Outreach Project
Combating Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault
“Over the years in the bar business I have heard many tales of drugs being dropped into unsuspecting folk’s beverages, and have known a few victims. Our VOICE has been instrumental in bringing awareness to the problem, especially educating staff, who in turn, can make a real difference in educating customers.” – Chad Battles, Co-owner, The Bywater
“Until I went to the [Bar Staff] training, I had no idea that Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault was such a problem. That’s the first step to fixing the problem, being aware that it exists.” – Tim McGill, Manager, Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company
“The Bar Outreach Program has been a great tool in our kit to keep our patrons safe and comfortable.” – Lisa Gambrell, Owner, Desoto Lounge