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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 2023 is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence is more common than you think, especially among teens and young adults. 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults. And nearly half (43%) of U.S. college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors. information was taken from www.loveisrespect.org

Each February, young adults and their loved ones across the nation raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month- long effort focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating violence.

This year’s theme is Be About It. The theme was selected by Love is Respect Youth Council. We’re asking teens to be about the following:

  • Be about education
  • Be about engagement
  • Be about safety online
  • Be about empowerment
  • Be about community

Respect week is 2/6-2/10 with wear orange day on Tuesday February 7th. We’re asking teens, educators, parents, and community partners to wear orange in honor of TDVAM.

OCRCC will partner with Compass Center, Durham Crisis and Response Center, and Zeta Phi Beta sorority and will host a virtual event near the end of February. We will keep you posted on the date and time of this event.


OCRCC will be operating on limited services starting December 19th until January 11th , 2023. Our office will be closed from December 19th until January 9th, 2023.   

What does this mean for you?  
If you are seeking services with our organization, OR you are a professional seeking support for your client, please review the virtual services with the exception of hospital accompaniment that we can provide: 

  • Support in filing for a 50c/50b
    • Give our helpline a call to schedule an appointment for same day support or a day that works best for you.
  • Crisis and emotional support on our 24/7 helpline via call, text or chat at : (919) 967-7273
  • Accompaniment to the hospital 24/7 anytime, day or night
  • Screenings into our programs (i.e. client advocacy, therapy, and support groups)
  • What does a waitlist or screening process look like for return calls?
    • The appropriate staff will contact you when services are fully operational again. You do not have to reach back out unless you need immediate support. 

If you are a current client, your client advocate will reach out to you with dates you can meet virtually and dates they are off. If you are in immediate crisis please call, text, or chat our 24/7 helpline at (919) 967-7273 or your local 911.



ST Facilitator Training Save the Date
Date: Friday, August 11th-Saturday, August 12th 
Time: 9am-5pm
Orange County, NC (Online & In-person option)
Training cost: $350 individual/$475 organization 
Additional costs to purchase curriculum license
Learn more and register here
Safe Touch™ is an evidence-informed curriculum created by advocates at OCRCC based on best practices in child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention. We have successfully partnered with our local school districts for more than 40 years to prevent CSA in Orange County and surrounding areas and serve more than 10,000 students annually. 
Become a Safe Touch™ facilitator and learn how to prevent CSA in your community. Training topics will include…
  • Preparing your Community for CSA Prevention 
  • Youth Engagement Strategies & Trauma-informed Facilitation 
  • Program Logistics & Curriculum Materials 
  • Recognizing & Responding to CSA 
  • Relevant NC Laws and Policies
Questions? Contact sol@ocrcc.org 

December 2023

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • OCRCC's 36th Annual Holiday Gala & Live Auction
  • OCRCC Office Closed

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Centering Our Peace - The Black Survivors Collective

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center wishes to center the voices of people who have been marginalized, promote racial equality and health equality and to continue to best serve survivors. OCRCC will conduct an information gathering project focusing on Black survivors of sexual violence of all genders. We wish to partner with our community to find out what works, what does not, and what we should offer as support. We will do a series of information gatherings, in the form of interviews, virtual focus groups, an anonymous survey and other means, to collect narratives from the Black community. If you’re interested in participating in one or more ways, please click the link below.  ALL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IS KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

In addition to or instead of completing the survey, you may wish to be interviewed by Chimi Boyd-Keyes, the racial equity consultant. The interview should last no longer than 30 minutes. If this is true for you and you wish to be interviewed, feel free to complete this form. You will be asked to give a contact phone number. You can use your actual name or make up a name, as long as you feel comfortable.  Chimi will attempt to reach out to you to schedule an interview time.