Domestic Violence

Assisting & Empowering Victims

The Ernestine Walkingstick Domestic Violence Shelter

was established on June 3, 2002. The Shelter is a non-profit organization, and is a program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that is funded primarily by Federal grants and supplemented by Tribal monies.

The staff are professionals dedicated to assisting individuals with situations involving domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and dating violence by offering services to empower the victim and break the cycle of abuse.

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior that is used by a person against family, household members or dating partners to gain power or control over the other party in a dating relationship. These behaviors may include:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological intimidation
  • Verbal abuse and threats
  • Stalking

The specific eligibility criteria for services through this program includes the following: If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or dating violence. Also, if you need assistance with legal issues surrounding these situations and filing necessary paperwork during instances of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or dating violence.


  • Victim advocacy
  • Legal assistance
  • Court accompaniment
  • Transportation assistance
  • Emergency Shelter services 24/7
  • Relocation services
  • Crisis counseling
  • Prevention education
  • Outreach activities


View, download, and print the 2022 Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Calendar here

EBCI DVSA Calendar 2023


Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence

Hot line 24/7:

Toll Free:

(after-hours calls are forwarded to the on-call mobile phone)

Monday – Friday
7:45 am – 4:30 pm

Cherokee Police Dispatch:


Satellite Office:
Family Safety 117 John Crowe Hill, Cherokee, NC 28719


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