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Appalachian State University and OASIS work together to provide resources to you and our community in regards to Interpersonal Violence. Specifically OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic and sexual assault in Watauga, Avery and surrounding counties.

OASIS has a philosophy of empowerment, which means they believe every survivor is able to make the best decisions for themselves if given the support and resource referrals. They never tell anyone what they should do. Instead, they help brainstorm ideas and look together at possibilities. They work closely with other helping agencies and can help survivors identify the different avenues of support available to them.

Below are just some of the services OASIS provides:

  • 24-hour crisis line for survivors- Watauga County: (828) 262-5035,
    Avery (828) 504-0911;
  • Confidential emergency shelter for individuals and their children fleeing intimate partner violence;
  • Short-term crisis intervention counseling and support;
  • Case management, information and referrals;
  • Transitional housing support and services;
  • Awareness and skill development programs for schools, camps, faith communities, civic, and professional groups;
  • Confidential domestic violence and sexual assault support groups;
  • Facilitated referrals and partnering with other community non-profits and agencies through The Family Resource Center and
  • Meaningful volunteer opportunities for community members.

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