Family Justice Center
A "one stop shop" for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Creating a community partnership of providers into one location for advocacy for survivors since 2014 in Henderson County.
Program Information

The Family Advocacy Center (FAC) empowers, educates, and counsels adult victims in Henderson County with legal and court room advocacy. Professionals from different disciplines work together to provide consolidated and coordinated safety, legal, social, and health services to individuals and families in need. Our FAC also is a resource for community outreach and education throughout Henderson County.

  • Advocates empower, educate and counsel survivors through emotional support within medical, court, child welfare and other systems of care.
  • Survivor Advocacy for hearings
  • Filing restraining orders or protection orders
  • Safety planning
  • Talking to law enforcement
  • Legal professionals assisting with legal questions and issues
  • Case management support with referrals to resources in the community

SANE Forensic Exams

In 2022, we are working towards building North Carolina's third community-based sexual assault forensic examination center. Forensic examination with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is available at no cost to survivors and does not require reporting with law enforcement.

  • Serves any gender survivor age 18 years and older assaulted within the past 5 days (120 hours) without injuries that require medical attention.
  • 24/7 on call scheduling care.
  • Survivors of interpersonal violence (i. e. domestic violence and sexual assault) access support services with a trained Safelight advocate. Advocates can link in law enforcement at survivors request.
  • Expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) does forensic evidence collection in a private, confidential and safe location onsite at Safelight.
  • Process includes: obtaining consent for examination, client interview, examination and forensic evidence collection that can be used to prosecute abusers, discharge/follow up
FAC description of services
Leigh Anne's Success Story

Leigh Anne came to the FAC seeking a protection order and assistance with criminal charges against her husband. We connected her with Pisgah Legal Services, accompanied her to interviews with law enforcement and multiple court dates, and were there with her when her protection order was granted.

Once the order expired, she attempted to co-parent with her estranged husband for about two years, until he was arrested again for abusing her. Her advocate assisted her with re-connecting with Pisgah Legal Services, obtaining a protection order, and taking out multiple protection order violations with the magistrate office. After the third report of violations, her advocate coordinated with Hendersonville Police Department on securing Leigh Anne's abusers' arrest.

Leigh Anne has remained very brave throughout these difficult times, and has displayed inspiring resilience, strength, and hope.

2021-2022 Annual Sponsors:

Stuller Power Solutions
Champion Comfort Experts
Advent Health

Funded By:

Governors Crime Commission
Council For Women
Family Violence Prevention Services Program
United Way
Hunter Hometown Foundation
Mary Kay Foundation

Memberships and Affiliations:

NCA Accredited Member
Charity Navigator Safelight Page