Raleigh, NC, August 14, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Triangle Family Services, a Raleigh-based nonprofit dedicated to helping families in crisis, was awarded a $20,000 grant from McDonalds on August 14. This grant will support payment for the off-duty police officers who ensure children have safe, healthy contact with absent parents without being trapped in the midst of their parents’ conflict.
Triangle Family Services’ Supervised Visitation program, is the only place in Wake County where court mandated visits can occur for victims and children in a protected environment.
Of the 2,500 domestic violence cases that occur each year in Wake County, more than half of them involve families with children under 12 that are present during the time of violence. Because of joint custody issues, the victimized parent must often times continue to have contact with their abuser. Without the Supervised Visitation program, families are subject to more abuse during court-mandated visits.
The Supervised Visitation Program has provided approximately 18,000 safe visits and exchanges since 2002. During that time, no victim or child has experienced an incident of domestic violence while they were enrolled in the program. Last year, the program helped to supervise 1,274 visits for 412 individuals and children.
“Family safety is at the core of services that Triangle Family Services offers for families in crisis,” said Alice Lutz, CEO of Triangle Family Services. “We are honored to receive this grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. With their support, we will be able to fund additional off-duty police officers to help families in a domestic violence situation have a safe, neutral place to interact with each other.
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Since 1937, Triangle Family Services (TFS) has focused on helping families and individuals overcome challenges by giving them the tools they need to move away from crisis and into more stable and healthy life situations. The organization’s mission is to build a stronger community by strengthening the family, and it helps more than 5,000 families in the Research Triangle Park region in North Carolina every year. It provides family safety, financial stability and mental health services in both English and Spanish. TFS is a United Way of the Greater Triangle “Agency of Excellence,” a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. It consistently meets and exceeds the highest program/service delivery standards and is accredited through the Council of Accreditation. For more information, visit http://www.tfsnc.org.