The Family Resource Center (FRC) was organized in 1983 by representatives from local human service agencies, local businesses, and concerned community citizens to develop and implement services for victims of domestic violence. In 1989, FRC in conjunction with the Franklin County Board of Supervisors developed the Franklin County Department of Family Resources to provide more extensive services for victims of domestic violence, making FRC one of four domestic violence programs in the state to operate under the auspices of a local government.
FRC was originally funded by a one-time grant from the Episcopal Church. Currently FRC receives funding from the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, The Friends of the Family Resource Center and the Town of Rocky Mount. FRC relies heavily on monetary donations and donations of goods and services from local businesses, churches, civic groups, and community citizens.
The Family Resource Center Domestic Violence Hotline is free, confidential and available 24/7. 540-483-1234 is the Hotline number (TTY available). You can receive assistance in safety planning, find out about emergency shelter services and support resources. BUT REMEMBER, if you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
The Franklin County Family Resource mission statement is as follows: To promote safe and healthy living environments for Franklin County families in crisis who are victims of domestic violence.
Listen - "I believe you."
Acknowledge - "No one deserves to be abused."
Express Concern - "I am concerned for your safety."
Respect their Choices - "It's important for you to make decisions that are best for you."
Be Supportive - "You are not alone."
Provide Encouragement - "The Family Resource Center Hotline is anonymous & confidential. You could call them for help; I could sit with you when you do."
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically. Domestic violence cuts across all boundaries: economic (class), social, ethnic, cultural, religious and professional.
When you are in crisis, it is very difficult to look for assistance, make decisions and take care of yourself and others. An advocate, through your local domestic violence program, can help in many ways. They can identify resources in the community that otherwise may be unseen (like churches and indifiduals that will serve as support). They can also give support and encouragement. Please see Franklin County Resource Directory.
The needs of domestic violence victims are extensive. Be an advocate for your community and help these victims. Advocates offer victims information, emotional support, and help finding resources and filling out paperwork. Some advocates staff crisis hotlines, run support groups, or provide in-person counseling. Call us at 483-5088 for more information and take a stand against violence today!