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Who We Are

The Center for Family Violence Prevention is a non-profit organization based out of Greenville, North Carolina dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. We offer counseling for victims and their families, provide court advocates who assist victims in legal matters, and provide treatment programs. Our safe house, New Directions, provides victims and their families safe shelter and prepares them to be self-sufficient.

Our Mission 

Our mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence while enhancing individual self-sufficiency and promoting healthy family relationships. We are dedicated to providing safe housing and supportive services to individuals in domestic violence situations.

Our History

Established in 1983 by a grant co-authored by the Pitt County Mental Health Center and the Family Practice Center, our agency was originally called the Family Violence Task Force.  In 1984 we received additional funding from Pitt County and the NC Council for Women to provide services to women and children who were victims of domestic violence.  In 1986, we were incorporated as the Pitt County Family Violence Agency, Inc. and became a United Way agency.  That same year the City of Greenville leased a house to our agency to use as a shelter for accommodating up to 18 women and children.

In 1993, the Domestic Violence Network, a 47-member multi-disciplinary alliance, was formed to develop, market and implement realistic protocols to provide a coordinated community response to domestic violence in Pitt County.

In 1996, we opened My Sister's Closet, an upscale, resale boutique for women's clothing and accessories.  The store's operations began provided funding to help support the programs and services of our agency, which now included adult and children's counseling as well as legal assistance. 

In 1999, the agency changed its name to the Family Violence Program of Pitt County, and the name "New Directions" was kept to identify our safe house facility.  During this year we separated our administrative and counseling offices from the safehouse.  This allowed us to establish a private, professional counseling environment for women and children who did not live at our safehouse and also provided access to the public.

In 2000, we expanded our Children's Services Program, adding an additional parenting class and initiating a court group for children that received referals from the women that participated in our Court Prep Group.  In July 2000, we added the Abuse in Later Life Program that targets victims over the age of 50 years.

In 2013, our Adult Counseling program expanded to treat women and men.  All adults may be seen with our licensed counselors for domestic violence, grief, stress, and other challenges life may present.

 Our administrative office is currently located at 150 E. Arlington Blvd, Suite D, Greenville, NC.

Our Future

We currently serve Martin, Pitt, and Washington counties. We plan to continue to actively support victims and dedicate our services to the families who are affected by domestic violence. We receive operational funding from local, state and federal government and the United Way as well as from private donors and community groups. 


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