Domestic violence is one of the most common of all crimes and battering is the single major cause of injury to women. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office has established a Domestic Violence Unit. Its goals are to provide protection through aggressive prosecution, to end the cycle of violence, and to help victims understand they are not alone and that there is help.
For additional information, please contact the Domestic Violence Unit at (336) 779-6563. To report domestic violence in progress, call 911.
Fosyth County is home to the Safe On Seven Domestic Violence Center which began operation in October 2005. The center derives its name from its multi-agency approach to providing services for domestic violence victims on the seventh floor of the Forsyth County Hall of Justice. Fortuitously, the abbreviation of Safe On Seven is S.O.S., the international distress code for a cry for help.
The Safe On Seven DV Center provides a one-stop shop for domestic violence victims by bringing together key service providers from law enforcement, the court system, and victim advocates, thus expediting a variety of services to domestic violence victims who previously had to seek out these services at various locations. This exciting new concept will mitigate the stress and trauma domestic violence victims often face as they navigate through the court system. Domestic violence victims will be able to obtain legal advice, counseling, referrals, protective orders, as well as information concerning their cases from law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office.
The Safe On Seven DV Center was funded by a grant from the Federal Office for Victims of Crime and inspired by the leadership of Tom Keith and the collective vision of several partner agencies in Forsyth County including Family Services, Clerk of Court, District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Legal Aid, Department of Social Services, Winston-Salem Police Department, NC Department of Community Corrections, and the Winston-Salem State University Center for Community Safety.
The main number for the Safe On Seven Domestic Violence Center is 336-779-6320. The Center’s hours of operation are from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.