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AGENCY OVERVIEW:

SOUTHEASTERN
FAMILY VIOLENCE
CENTER (SFVC)
Presented By:
Melinda W. Chavis

HISTORY OF SFVC

1981: Incorporated as Robeson County


Committee on Domestic Violence
Founded by 5 Robeson County citizens and
services were provided by volunteers
First SFVC office was located in the Church
and Community Building in Lumberton, NC.
Private non-profit organization

SOUTHEASTERN FAMILY
VIOLENCE CENTER MISSION
STATEMENT
To increase safety in families,
empower victims of domestic violence
and displaced homemakers in rural
Robeson County
-SFVC Handbook

SFVC BELIEVES

Each individual is the


expert in his/her own
situation
Survivors of
domestic/sexual violence
must be offered a safe,
respectful, nonjudgmental environment
to identify their own
needs and make their
own decisions

Personal and societal


violence is rooted in
oppression and in the
fundamental power
imbalances in our
society
Each person has the
right to selfdetermination, safety,
and a life free from
violence
-SFVC Handbook

SERVICES & PROGRAMS


OFFERED:

Crisis
Counseling/Intervention
Emergency Transportation
Routine Transportation
CHOICES (Batterers
Intervention & Treatment
Program)
The Incredible Years
(helps to decrease
negative behaviors in
children and increase
positive behaviors

W.A.V.E. (DV Support


Group and Education
Group)
Court Advocacy
Referrals and
Information
Confidential 24-Hour
Crisis Line
The New Choices
Program (Displaced
Homemaker Services)

-www.southeasternfamilyviolencecenter.org

AN ADVOCATES CODE OF
ETHICS
I

will strive to be sensitive to the concerns and


history of oppression of all clients. I will also
sensitize myself of similarities and differences of
all clients
I will commit myself to the empowerment of all
clients and will be sensitive to the ease with
which dependency is created in advocate/victim
service recipient relationships
I will be responsible for not setting up clients by
encouraging their dependency on me
I will not accept personal gifts from clients with
whom I provide service victims to
I will not use derogatory, threatening or abusive
language toward clients or advocates
I will not lend money or personal items to clients,
nor will I borrow such from clients
I will not run personal errands for clients I provide
services to
I will strive equally distribute my time and
attention to all clients without favoritism
I will be responsible in reporting to my supervisor
any information which could negatively affect the
operation or reputation of the agency that I
work/volunteer for

will not discuss clients and their cases with other


clients
I will treat all clients and advocates in a respectful
and professional manner
I will not permit or perform any physical,
emotional, or verbal violence in the shelter
I will not use my position or authority to
manipulate clients or other advocates for personal
gain
I will not give out my home phone number to
clients, nor the phone numbers of other advocates
I realize that it is inappropriate to use clients as
confidantes
I have a responsibility to intervene when someone
elses rights to confidentiality is being violated
I will not knowingly present false information to
clients or other advocates
I will not bring alcohol, drugs, or weapons into the
shelter residence, nor will I perform my job related
duties under the influence of any substance
I will not discriminate against any client based on
race, color, creed, religious preference, age, sex,
or lifestyle

RESOURCES

http://www.southeasternfamilyviolencecent
er.org/index.php
Crisis Line 24-hours
Confidential 24-Hour Crisis Line -We are
available to talk anytime for support and to
explore options. Call 739-8622 or 1-800-7427794 to talk or to access shelter.
Young Families Connect: Call 739-8622