About The Beacon Program

Mission Statement:

The University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals’ Beacon Child and Family Program provides comprehensive, 24 hour coordinated care to UNC Health Care System’s patients, families, and employees experiencing a variety of family violence.  It includes services for children, victims of domestic abuse, workplace violence, sexual assault, and the elderly.  Services are provided at UNC Hospitals, its satellite clinics, or over the phone.

Our ultimate goal is to provide services that help break the generational cycle of family violence and to encourage caring attitudes in the delivery of patient care.

Who is eligible for services from the Beacon Program?

  • Any patient, family member, or UNC Health Care employee who has experienced fear, physical danger, threats, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or other violence from current or former partners or family members and who would like confidential support or assistance.
  • The Beacon Program works with children, adults and elderly patients who have been impacted by domestic violence.

Services the Beacon Program Provides:

  • Safety & Risk Assessment
  • Brief Counseling and Support
  • Safety Planning
  • Information on Legal Issues
  • Referrals to Health Care Providers
  • Referrals to Community Service Agencies
  • Follow-up Sessions
  • Victims’ Assistance (e.g., safe shelter, clothing, transportation, etc.)