(L-R) Geoff Sidoli, Mountain Child Advocacy Center; Julia Horrocks, Pisgah Legal Services; April Burgess-Johnson, Helpmate; and Angelica Wind, Our VOICE. (Helpmate photo)

This spring, Women for Women and The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) funded a ground-breaking, multi-year collaborative grant to Buncombe Partners in Prevention: Helpmate, Mountain Child Advocacy Center, Our VOICE and Pisgah Legal Services.

The goal: prevent violence by promoting healthy relationships where people live, learn, work, play and worship and ultimately reduce sexual violence, domestic violence and child abuse in Buncombe County.

Now available is the group’s report, Buncombe County Pathway to Prevention, which details the scope of the problem and lays out a long-term plan aimed at preventing perpetration of domestic violence, sexual assault and child maltreatment.

Among other things, Pisgah Legal Services is tasked with identifying and advocating for policy and legislative changes that impact the prevalence of violence in our area.

Julia Horrocks, Managing Attorney for the Domestic Violence Team at Pisgah Legal, says, “This collaboration is a necessary and important step in preventing domestic violence in Buncombe County.  Though we won’t end violence in these first three years, I believe that this Plan will give us a strong start, and we hope that it can be a model for other communities doing this challenging work.”

We are incredibly grateful to Women for Women and CFWNC for their generous funding that has made this collaboration possible!