The University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals Beacon Program provides comprehensive, coordinated care to UNC Health Care System's patients, families, and employees experiencing a variety of family violence. It includes services for children, victims of domestic abuse, or intimate partner violence (IPV), human trafficking, sexual assault, and the elderly and vulnerable populations. The program provides medical and psychological assessments, brief supportive counseling, and education for patients. Any patient who has experienced physical abuse, threats, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or other violence is eligible.

Services can be provided at all UNC Hospitals and clinics in person or by phone.

Our Goal: To provide services that help break the generational cycle of family violence and to encourage caring attitudes in the delivery of patient care.

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Beacon Program Services

  • Evaluation
  • Brief counseling
  • Support
  • Consultations
  • Medical evaluations (child abuse)
  • Information and resources about intimate partner and family violence
  • Referrals


  • Beacon program staff are located at the UNC Medical Center but can provide most of our services to any UNC Healthcare site.