Johnston County's Safe Haven

Harbor, Inc. is a domestic violence and sexual assault agency located in Johnston County. Since 1984, this Not-for-Profit organization has provided victims with a variety of services and programs in an effort to aid them to move beyond a life of violence to one that is violence free and encourages self-sufficiency. The mission of Harbor is to provide help, hope, and safety to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Program

Harbor, Inc utilizes highly-trained advocates that are available 24/7 to discuss in confidence with anyone who is seeking resource and information, seeking hospital accompaniment during forensic exams, individual advocacy and case management for child and adult survivors of sexual assault and their non-offending caregivers, support groups for those who are victims of sexual assault, and educational trainings for schools.

 

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault refers to any type of sexual violence attributed to power and control. Sexual violence/assault occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity. Sexual violence/assault includes rape, incest, child sexual assault, ritual abuse, date and acquaintance rape, statutory rape, marital or partner rape, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, unwanted exposure to sexual acts, sex trafficking, and voyeurism.

Sexual violence refers to unwanted sexual contact or contact that is not permitted because a person is not able to consent due to age, cognitive/developmental level, drug/alcohol or other impairment.

Despite the variation in definitions, sex should always be consensual. Sexual assault is against the law even if you are in a relationship or married to the person who assaults you.

If you are sexually assaulted…….

Do Not shower or bathe

Do Not change your clothes

Do Not throw away sheets or other items that can be used as evidence

Do Go to the emergency room

Do Call law enforcement

Do Call Harbor, Inc. Crisis Line for support at 919-631-5478

Domestic Violence/Crisis Intervention

Harbor, Inc utilizes highly-trained advocates that are available 24/7 to discuss in confidence with anyone who is seeking resource and information, desiring to leave an unhealthy relationship, or who is experiencing domestic violence.

 

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

 

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

If you……

Sometimes feel scared of how your partner will act?

Try not to do anything that would cause conflict or make your partner angry?

Feel like no matter what you do, your partner is never happy with you?

Stay with your partner because you are afraid of what your partner would do if you broke up?

You must realize that the abuse is more likely to continue

You must reach out for help today

You must call Harbor, Inc. Crisis Line for support at 919-631-5478

Become a volunteer

There are many different things you can do as a Harbor volunteer depending upon your interests and upon your schedule. Some volunteers work directly with the individuals who use our services and some volunteers work in a more administrative role.

24 Hour Emergency Shelter

Harbor’s temporary shelter is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 365 days. The Shelter is available to provide information and referral services, safety planning, and secure temporary housing for those women and children experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Temporary housing is also provided for men who are in need of an alternative location.

 

Families In Transition Program (FIT)

Harbor Inc.’s Families in Transition program is open to anyone who is currently experiencing domestic violence or has been a victim of domestic violence. Our Families in Transition program is designed to help victims of domestic violence regain their sense of power and self-worth through the development of skills and knowledge that will empower them to manage the changes confronting them. Services include domestic violence support & education groups, budgeting & money management, employment/ career counseling, and domestic violence counseling.

Court Advocacy 

Harbor’s court advocacy program assist individuals in filing domestic violence protective order (50B). The court advocate will assist the individual in preparation of testimony to the judge which includes that the individual had a relationship with the abuser; provide detail of the abuse that has occurred; provide information on what the court can do in order to assist the individual in being removed from the domestic violence environment.

 

Pizazz

Harbor’s upscale resale shops that provide clothing and household items. Proceeds from the two stores located in Smithfield and Clayton go towards program operation.