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Sable Got Help Becoming a Better Parent

Sable is the mother of two, aged one and six year old. Without her high school diploma, she found it very difficult to provide for them with a minimum wage job. Living hand-to-mouth was stressful, and some days Sable found their youthful exuberance simply overwhelming.
Sable shared her concerns with a friend who referred her to Exchange SCAN. At SCAN, well-trained and compassionate counselors helped her learn how to be a better mother and avoid taking out her frustrations on her children.
Life since SCAN has improved a great deal for Sable and her children. She’s working on her GED. She hopes to become a medical data technician and improve her family’s standard of living.
Sable got the help she needed to be a better parent thanks to donations to United Way. She says “thank you” for giving her and her children a brighter future.

Escaping Domestic Violence

Teri's story (video)

Teri is a published poet and fiction author. She is also a domestic violence survivor and advocate. As a former Winston-Salem City Police Officer, she investigated domestic violence calls and assisted victims while she was suffering from abuse in her own home. 
Eventually finding the courage to flee her violent home, she and her two children found refuge at the Battered Women’s Shelter, a United Way-funded program. At the Shelter, they also received the counseling and financial assistance to get their lives back on track in a non-violent home.
Teri continues to use her voice and personal story of survival as a means to inspire women trapped in abuse and to educate the community at large about the devastating effects of domestic violence. 

Family Violence (includes Infant Mortality, Child Abuse, and Domestic Violence)

The Challenge

  • In Forsyth County, law enforcement officers wrote over 4,550 domestic violence-related reports in 2005, and served over 1,000 restraining orders. In 2006, there were three domestic violence homicides.
  • In 2007, the Family Services shelter housed 262 women and children for a total of 5,073 nights of safe care.1
  • Roughly one in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  • In Forsyth County, there were 3,150 reports of child maltreatment in 2006.2
  • The number of substantiated child abuse cases in Forsyth County has increased from 452 in 2000 to 534 in 2006.3
  • Service providers estimate that approximately 51 percent of children who are abused never receive treatment.4
  • Forsyth County has 11.1 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, the worst rate among North Carolina’s 5 most populous counties. 5  For African-American babies, the infant death rate is more than twice the rate of whites per 1,000 live births. 6
  • Five hundred seventy-nine babies were born to teen mothers (ages 13-19) in 2007.8

1 Family Services, Inc. statistics   2 Forsyth County Community Health Assessment   3 Ibid   4 Various Forsyth County-based service providers, including Bowman Gray Child Guidance   5 North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics  6 Ibid.          7 North Carolina Department of Public Health Services, Division of Public Health, State Center for Health Statistics    

United Way's Goals

  • Ensure that women will be healthy before they become pregnant or pregnant again, and that they will be able to provide a safe and supportive environment for their infants.
  • Give parents, caretakers, service providers, and children the knowledge and skills to prevent and treat child abuse.
  • Increase safety and promote healthy relationships within families by preventing domestic violence and ensuring that victims are not abused again, and by educating and empowering community members to actively prevent domestic violence.

The Results

  • Over 90 percent of shelter clients receiving educational and supportive information reported an increase sense of safety as a result of safety planning and 84 percent of the families leaving the domestic violence shelter were able to secure permanent housing.
  • Seventy-six parents determined to be at-risk for child abuse received home visitations and another 64 received parenting education to help them improve their parent skills and reach out for assistance when needed.
  • Nearly 1,000 first-time parents received child care guidance upon the birth of a child and during the baby’s first year with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect, improving infant health, and strengthening parent-child relationships.
  • Thousands of adults and students in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system learned how to recognize, resist and report child abuse.

United Way Partners

American Red Cross, Northwest North Carolina Chapter; Exchange SCAN; Family Services; Imprints for Families; Legal Aid Society; Old Hickory Council, Boy Scouts of America