Sheriff Sam Page and longstanding partner Help, Incorporated have put up four billboards on major roadways in Rockingham County--on NC Highway 14 at Strawberry Rd. in Reidsville, Van Buren Rd. near Meadow Rd. in Eden, US 29 BUS near NC 87 intersection in Reidsville and Scales St. near Eugene St. in Reidsville.
Page said he sees at least one instance of domestic violence each week, so he is determined to warn domestic violence perpetrators of the consequences of their actions.
"It is so important, and we don't want to see another person's life lost due to domestic violence in Rockingham County. The message is quite simple. Zero tolerance (for) domestic violence. If you offend, you will be arrested," Page said.
Page said the billboards will be up throughout the month of October each year. The sheriff said the image depicts the reality of the new law--that people suspected of committing the crime of domestic violence will be arrested.
On the billboards is the 24/7 crisis hotline number for Help, Incorporated--336-342-3332. All organization services are free of charge.
Help, Incorporated executive director Angie Boles said the organization sees 10 people per day--both women and men who are victims of domestic violence. The organization also provides residential services, a domestic elder abuse program, family support services and other crisis services.
Boles said she has seen first-hand how victims of domestic violence can turn their lives around, if they come forward and seek help. She told WFMY News 2 about one woman's success story.
"She stayed with us for a long time. She was there for probably three or four months. She ended up going back to school, she worked hard, she got a job...she got her social work degree. And she still calls me every Christmas. So, it's just a great success story and that's what we're about-the end result-because we want healthy, happy families," Boles said.
Page said the billboards are at no cost to taxpayers or any organization. He explained, "When we seize assets from criminal offenders in North Carolina and Rockingham County, we can use their proceeds to help us in education, training...to let the citizens in Rockingham County know that we partner with Help, Incorporated, along with other law enforcement agencies and district attorneys' offices and other support organizations, to help with the awareness, the education, the enforcement and the prevention of domestic violence."
Boles said anyone--not just people who live in Rockingham County--can call the Help, Incorporated crisis hotline number, and he or she will be directed to the nearest crisis service provider.
WFMY News 2