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The University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals Beacon Program provides comprehensive, coordinated care to UNC Health System’s patients, families, and employees experiencing a variety of interpersonal abuse. 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, employees and staff. 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 (Medical Center only) or virtually.

Our Goal: To provide services that help break the generational cycle of family violence, to promote continued education for staff and provide trauma-informed patient care.

As a part of our commitment to caring, UNC Health Care should always be a safe place for any patient to disclose any trauma that they have experienced, particularly those that may interfere with their health goals. The Beacon Program is available to help any patients, family members of patients, and employees who have been impacted by intimate partner and family violence. We can always be reached at 984-974-0470.

Beacon Program Services

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


  • Beacon program staff are located at the UNC Medical Center but can provide select services to any UNC Health site.


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