The Umbrella Center will be comprehensive in scope, offering a full range of services to survivors of domestic, child, sexual, and elder abuse as well as human trafficking. This walk-in center will be open to anyone who self-identifies as a survivor of abuse or victims who are referred by community partners.

Core Partners

Nonprofit Partners

Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center

Coordinates services for the most serious cases of child abuse in Mecklenburg County. Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center provides a safe, trauma-informed space for children to receive trauma assessments, forensic interviews, medical evaluations, family advocacy, and therapy services.

Safe Alliance
Provides a wide range of services to individuals in Mecklenburg County impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include a 24/7 hotline, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, emergency shelter, and legal assistance. 

Public & Community Support

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
  • Economic Services Division - Provides referrals for economic services such as Work First, Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services, and Emergency Assistance. 
  • Youth and Family Services - Investigates cases of alleged child abuse and neglect. YFS caseworkers work withfamilies to assure children are protected from future harm and raised in safe and nurturing homes.  
  • Domestic ViolenceProvides free counseling for those who have experienced domestic violence in acurrent or past relationship as well as immediate services for those in crisis. 
  • Substance UseProvides substance use assessments as well as intensive substance usecounseling for those impacted by violence and abuse. 

Healthcare Provider

Atrium Health
At The Umbrella Center, Atrium Health will have an onsite clinic that provides medical examinations for trauma-related injuries as well as general healthcare services for children, teens, and adults. 

Atrium Health also provides the following services for victims of abuse: 
  • Domestic Violence Healthcare Project  - Trains nurses, doctors, and other staff to recognize signs of domestic violence in patients and provide referrals to onsite advocates for support and resources.
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners - Specially trained SANE nurses provide medical, psychological, and forensic examinations to individuals who have experienced a sexual assault. 

Legal Support

Prosecutes crimes to hold offenders accountable and increase community safety. The DA's Office has Special Victims Teams dedicated to cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking. 
Work within the local court system to ensure courtrooms, judges, and judicial processes are trauma-informed, safe, and supportive of victims. Judges hear civil protection orders as well as criminal cases.

Law Enforcement

Responsible for issuing warrants, serving perpetrators with protection orders, acting as court security, and maintaining Mecklenburg County jails. 
  • Domestic Violence Unit
  • Sexual Assault Unit
Officers respond to domestic violence and sexual assault incidents, detectives investigate the related crimes, and advocates provide support, hospital accompaniment, safety planning, referrals, and case coordination. 
Town Police Departments
  • Cornelius
  • Davidson
  • Huntersville
  • Matthews
  • Mint Hill
  • Pineville
 The police departments of the three northern and three southern towns will work closely with other partners at The Umbrella Center to ensure victims across Mecklenburg County have access to supportive services and resources. 
In addition to these core partners, The Umbrella Center will be a nexus for community resources. Service providers will connect clients to a wide range of offsite partners, from housing to mental health to childcare services. Additionally, the center will have drop-in space for visiting partners to meet with clients.