Asheboro, NC-- The Randolph County Family Crisis Center has been forced to turn away almost 200 women this year because it's at capacity.
Executive Director Dare Spicer told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that Randolph County ranks second for highest reports of domestic violence in the state. However, Spicer believes that's because her organization helps the most women and therefore has more reports of domestic violence.
Spicer said, "I think more people come forward and the reporting is better here than in some places so I think it's not that domestic violence is worse here. I think that more people come forward."
News 2 met a domestic violence victim on Wednesday who's staying at the shelter. We're calling her "Samantha" to protect her identity.
Samantha arrived at the shelter with her four children on Monday as a last resort. She's been in a domestic violence relationship for seven years. Samantha has tried to leave but she holds onto hope that her situation will change.
This is her first time at a shelter.
Samantha said, "If it wasn't for them, me and my kids would be on the street with no food, no nothing and they gave us shelter and food and a place to lay our heads."
Randolph County has two women's shelters, one in Archdale and one in Asheboro. They're always at capacity. Archdale's shelter accommodates 8 people and Asheboro's shelter comfortably accommodates 16. On Wednesday, 22 people were staying at the Asheboro shelter, including 14 children.
The two Randolph County shelters have turned down 199 people in the last fiscal year. The year before, they turned away 128.
Samantha said, " They said they might have to get me transferred because they don't have no where for me to go and then she said that ...they'd figure out something and they'd put us in the basement and we're on a sleep-out bed and a pull down bed but it don't matter. I'd be happy just to be on the floor."
How you can help:
The shelter can always use things like money, food, towels, sheets, toiletries, dishes, and clothes. Kid friendly food is always best.
The shelter constantly needs new items because once they help get women out on their own, the women take with them things like furniture, towels, and dishes to put in their new place.
Drop items off at the Randolph County Family Crisis Center office at 218 S Main St., Asheboro. If you'd like to call the office, the number is 626-5040.
You can also attend the Night of Hope in Randolph County on August 10th from 6pm-11pm. There will be live music, silent auction, live auction, dance lessons, and food. Tickets are $50 a piece. All proceeds go to the two women's shelters in Randolph County.
Tickets can be purchased at:
Randolph County Family Crisis Center office at 218 S Main St., Asheboro
Red Door Bargain Boutique in the Hillside Shopping Center at 113 E Taft Ave., Asheboro
Red Door Home Store in the Hillside Shopping Center at 125 E Taft Ave., Asheboro
Burge Florist at 625 S Fayetteville St., Asheboro
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