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- By providing safety, shelter, counseling, and advocacy, Helpmate empowers each client to create a life that is free of violence.
- By providing education, Helpmate empowers our community to create a world that is free of violence.
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For over 30 years, Helpmate has served as Buncombe County’s primary provider of crisis-level services designed specifically for – and offered exclusively to – victims of domestic violence and their children.
Helpmate believes in a violence-free community that is founded in respect and equality.
Helpmate provides safe, confidential shelter to women and children who are leaving dangerous and potentially lethal living situations.
Helpmate services include:
- Emergency Shelter for women and children
- 24-hour Hot Line
- Individual and Group Counseling
- Court Advocacy Programs,
- Preventative Education for professionals, community leaders, and groups considered at risk of being abused
Helpmate’s services are free and confidential.
In the last six months of calendar 2009 Helpmate saw a 34% increase in counseling, a 97% increase in crisis calls, and a 46% increase in the number of women attending support group.
From January 2008 to January 2009, Helpmate’s average daily occupancy has increased 101%.
This past year fiscal year, Helpmate saw a a 45 % increase in the number of people sheltered, a 20% increase in the number of nights of emergency shelter provided and maximum stay jump to 201 days â€“ a 43% increase. These numbers were no doubt exacerbated by the recession e.g. lack of jobs and lack of affordable housing.
Over the past fiscal year, Helpmate:
- provided services to over 1,600 victims of domestic violence.
- provided 705 crisis line calls
- 4,270 nights of emergency shelter
- over 600 counseling sessions
- provided prevention education programs to 604 at risk individuals, and 365 professionals e.g., EMTâ€™s, physicians, court officials, and law enforcement officers