In memory of Jean Holcombe Warren whose love, support and encouragement were the reasons "My Sister's House"
was chosen for the name of this program that has empowered hundreds of women to build a violence-free life.
January 1, 1949 - April 9, 2012
Diakonos, PO Box 5217, Statesville, North Carolina 28687
704-872-4045 ~ fax:704-873-3319 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
My Sister's House
Left: Shoe display located in the Iredell County Courthouse during the month of October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month indicating that anyone can be a victim - young, old, male, female - no racial or socioeconomic boundaries exist.
Right: Empty Place at the Table display is a powerful statement of how domestic violence tears families apart. Each place represents someone who lost their life in Iredell County, North Carolina in a domestic violence related incident.
24-hour crisis line
My Sister's House addresses the needs at a variety of levels of those fleeing domestic or sexual violence. Shelter is provided in a warm living environment for those needing safe sanctuary. Counselors are available, as well as a victim advocate/educator. Working with victims both in the shelter and in the community, providing counseling, court advocacy, peer support, case management, etc. Utilizing these services, our guests have the support and are offered the tools to begin the long process of rebuilding their live, moving on to becoming self sufficient and having a life that is violence free.
First and foremost, the most important thing we offer is a place of safety. My Sister's House has literally saved lives throughout the years.
Crisis intervention can break down a wall of isolation, giving many that first little ray of hope that someone else might understand the abuse they have suffered, and empower them to take the first steps towards breaking that cycle of abuse. Court advocacy can offer a sense of security when an ex parte protective order is obtained and the victim feels for the first time that there is some legal recourse addressing the abusive behaviors. Counseling can help establish a self awareness and begin steps towards emotional health.
Last year, over 83% of the women seeking assistance at My Sister's House remained out of the abusive relationship that brought them to My Sister's House and have remained self-sufficient during that time frame. Through educational means and support groups, children and teens are becoming more aware of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, etc., enabling them to put preventive measures into place.
Keeping the conversation going about domestic violence and sexual violence, our community becomes more aware of the possibilities and is more attuned to the signs and symptoms of abuse.
Change has come slowly, but over the last 25 years there have been significant changes coming from education and prevention measures. In judicial systems changes have evolved slowly as well, although it takes time and education within those parameters for a change in mindset. Over a period of time, our community has become better informed, less tolerant of criminal behavior, and more sympathetic to those caught in the tangled web of abuse. Laws surrounding perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual violence have tightened, acting somewhat as a deterrent. Education plays an important role in how society responds to violence.
Domestic violence and sexual violence follow no socio-economic guidelines; therefore individuals from very diverse backgrounds might find themselves a victim. Last year, My Sister's House housed 215 victims for a total of 10,655 shelter nights. There were 1,353 counseling encounters, 130 support groups,
and 1,761 advocate encounters.
No one deserves to be abused.
My Sister's House offers safe sanctuary and a place of healing for those in need.