North Carolina ranks fifth in the US in deaths due to domestic violence. Last year in NC, 73 people were killed due to domestic violence. Friend to Friend is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization, started in 1988, to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Moore County, regardless of socioeconomic, religious, or immigration status. Friend to Friend is the only domestic violence and sexual assault agency in Moore County. To achieve our mission, we offer, free-of-charge, a crisis line that operates 24/7, a court advocacy program, sexual assault advocacy program, emergency housing at our undisclosed shelter, court accompaniment, community education, counseling services, hospital accompaniment for sexual assault survivors, legal aid, and referrals to other community resources.
Friend to Friend’s mission is to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, rebuild their lives. Executive Director Anne Friesen speaks compellingly about Friend to Friend’s mission and the real results that are achieved by the safe haven Friend to Friend provides the over 2800 victims they served in 2012 alone. Joining Anne is Serenity House guest Nicole. Nicole has two sons, ages 8 and 3, whose lives were transformed by the positive effects, Friend to Friend made on their lives. Anne speaks about Serenity House and the 2014/2015 Friend to Friend Freedom Project; an initiative to end modern day slavery.
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