Who qualifies for services at REACH?
Any person who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or elder abuse, as long as there is no conflict of interest…women, men and children…regardless of age, ethnicity, income level, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If we are not able to help due to a conflict of interest, we will refer you to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department Domestic Violence Advocate for services, or to other agencies that may be able to help you.
Do I need an appointment?
No. You can speak to an advocate anytime on our 24 hour help line or come by our office Monday through Thursday 9am – 5pm or Friday 9am – 4pm.
Where is the REACH office?
For the protection of those we serve, our address is only given out to those seeking services. Please call (828) 456-7898 for more information.
Does physical abuse have to be present for REACH to help?
No. REACH recognizes many forms of abuse and strives to assist all people who have experienced any form of domestic violence, sexual abuse or elder abuse.
Can REACH help me get custody of my children?
No. That is not one of our services.
Can REACH help with separation and divorce?
No. However the following website addresses separation and divorce in North Carolina. www.rosen.com
Can REACH help with past due bills?
No. Unfortunately, REACH does not have the funding to provide financial assistance with past due bills. Sometimes the Salvation Army or Haywood Christian Ministry can help with past due bills.
Does REACH provide transportation?
Occasionally. For safety reasons, staff members can never go to a residence but will gladly meet you at local police stations or the hospital to provide transportation to our office or shelter.
Where is the REACH shelter?
Our shelter is in an undisclosed location for the safety of the staff and residents. It is a felony for anyone who has a protective order in force against them to step onto the grounds of a domestic violence shelter. Our shelter is also monitored 24/7 and law enforcement can be on the site within one minute if needed.