October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Wake County

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Wake County

In Domestic Violence by Jennifer Bordeaux

Be InterActive this Fall

InterAct Non-Profit Agency Wake County North CarolinaTrees are sprinkled with rich hues of auburn, burnt orange and gold. Front porches begin to glow with iconic Halloween images, and children (and adults) are excited to dress up as their favorite super hero, TV character or movie star—you’ve realized it’s October. Now imagine for a minute that instead of planning for fun Fall activities, you live in daily fear of a controlling and abusive spouse or significant other. All you wish for is finding safety for you and your family, but you don’t know where to turn or who can help. But there is hope, safety and healing and it can be found at InterAct.
InterAct is a private, non-profit agency that has been providing safety, support and awareness for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for over 38 years.  They opened a Family Safety and Empowerment Center in 2009. At this center, families facing issues of abuse can receive crisis intervention services and use InterAct’s collaborative partners to continue on to safe, self-sufficient, stable lives.


InterAct provides several services including:

  1. 24 hour crises lines
  2. Emergency shelter
  3. Court advocacy
  4. Individual and group counseling
  5. Solace center
  6. Community awareness
  7. Youth education services


Why Does It Matter?

Many times, physical abuse is the type of abuse most associated with domestic violence. However, domestic violence can also include:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Threats
  • Intimidation
  • Isolation
  • Sexual abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Using the children
  • Using “male privilege”

While October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it is vital to bring awareness to an issue that affects so many families year round. According to InterAct reports, approximately 1 in 3 women in Wake County will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Additionally, about 23 families walk through the doors of InterAct each day, and in 2015, InterAct served almost 50,000 men, women and children. With so many families affected by such a private, damaging and sometimes fatal issue, it is important to bring awareness to the community. By raising awareness, those directly affected, or those who know someone directly affected, by domestic violence know where to turn for help.

However, InterAct can’t provide their much needed services without the help of the community. The demand for InterAct services has tripled since they opened the Family Safety and Empowerment Center seven years ago and they need your support. Click here to find out how you can get involved or call 919-828-7501. A little support can go a long way in helping a family find safety and strength and move forward to the life they want and deserve!

Jennifer Bordeaux
Director of Public Relations
New Direction Family Law

New Direction Family Law
(919) 719-3470