Families and survivors of crimes and violence
Center for Community Transitions.  In addition to direct services for women and children who are in or who have been in any type of abusive relationship, the Shelter sponsors profesionally facilitated free support groups for families, men, and (in the works) women. The first is "Families Doing Time" helping people who have a loved one who is incarcerated to deal with issues such as 1) what do I tell my child/relatives/friends etc, 2) how can I be supportive when Im so angry; 3) how can I make it from day to day, and any other related issues. The second group is "Mens Empowerment" for those previously incarcerated looking for support during transition. They have monthly evening meetings; be sure to call to register prior to attending for the first time.. Call Sandra to learn about groups for family and women at 704-494-8601 ext 14 Mon-Thurs 7:30am-4pm and Friday 7:30am-2pm or Erik to learn about groups for men at 704-374-0762 ext 15 Mon-Thu 7:30am-4pm and Fri 7:30am-2pm. http://www.crna.org/ascs/8/
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Family Group.  An ongoing group open to homicide survivors providing a safe and understanding environment where experience, information, and emotional support can be shared. Please call to register before attending for the first time; they meet uptown (with free parking) on the first Tuesday of each month in the early evening. Call another group leader at 704-336-6679 Mon-Fri 9-5; leave a messsage for a return call or a leader of the group at 704-336-2364 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm.
MOM-O (Mothers of Murdered Offspring).  A group of mothers and fathers of murdered offpsring who are banding together to support each other and make a difference in reducing violence in our community. They help families find resources any time after the loss of a loved one. Amongst other services, MOM-O has special get togethers twice a year for those who have lost a child to murder. Call or email a leader of the group (mailto:email@example.com). Call for more information at 704-376-9989 any day 9am-11pm or Lisa, the groups administrator, at 704-343-0068 any time any day (late night calls returned the day). http://www.momocares.org
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  This organization provides a variety of support services (including a support group) for victims of drunk driving crashes as well as their parents, other relatives, friends, and concerned others. They do not have a local chapter in Mecklenburg County; the NC office in Raleigh covers our local area. Call the NC office at 800-248-6233. http://www.madd.org/local-offices/nc
Shelter for Battered Women (all groups).  The Shelter provides support services and safety for women and children who are in or who have been in an abusive relationship with an intimate partner. They also sponsor professionally facilitated free support groups. For adult women these include groups addressing making decisions about abusive relationships, parenting, trauma recovery, and substance abuse. They also work with children regarding trauma and offer free childcare. Call the Shelter hot-line for a domestic violence emergency at 704-332-2513 any time any day to speak confidentially to a counselor or the Shelter to reigster for a support group at 704-944-0168 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. http://www.unitedfamilyservices.org/shelter-for-battered-women/
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