Family violence, and more specifically Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) was identified in the 2015 Community Health Assessment as a health priority because, in years previous years, our domestic violence homicide rate was as high as counties much larger than Buncombe, and the community has build extensive momentum around this issue. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and 7th leading cause of death for women in the United States, and it is the number one reason women and children become homeless in the U.S. It is also present in the majority of child maltreatment cases, and a child's exposure to their father abusing their mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
CHIP is an ongoing partner with the Safety Coalition, which is the group leading this work in Buncombe County. In September of 2016, the Safety Coalition began a "Talk to Action" exercise, where the following path was outlined (action items table below will be updated regularly as the work evolves):
The Result this group is working to achieve:
- Buncombe County is the safest place in the universe, building resilient communities free from domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse.
- Domestic Violence Homicides
- Child Maltreatment Homicides
- Domestic Violence Arrests
- Sexual Assault Arrests
- Child Abuse and/or Neglect Substantiated Cases
Evolving Action Items (COMING SOON & updated regularly)