The Hope Mills Police Department hired a Victim Advocate in March 2021. After a need for a remote filing site for Domestic Violence Protective Orders was identified with the Domestic Violence Specialist from the North Carolina Judicial Branch, the Town added the Victim Advocate position to facilitate DVPO filing in Hope Mills. Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are able to file for 50-B Civil Domestic Protective Orders without going to the Cumberland County Courthouse, and without leaving Hope Mills, in an effort to make this process more accessible and confidential.
The Victim Advocate is trained to support victims of crime. They offer emotional support, victims' rights information, help in finding needed resources and assistance in filling out crime victim related forms such as Domestic Violence Protective Orders. The Victim Advocate assists victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, physical assault, robbery, homicide, and other crimes. All services provided by the Victim Advocate to victims of crime are free and confidential. The Victim Advocate also attends meetings with community partners and maintains a collaborative working relationship with various other social service agencies.
Remote filing is available at Hope Mills Town Hall, 5770 Rockfish Road, Hope Mills, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.