Mission: To promote healthy relationships by providing education, intervention and safe places.
Programs: Safe housing - safeplace provides safe housing in a 40-bed residential facility for up to four months. For those who choose this option, we provide food, shelter, case management, counseling, education on the dynamics of domestic violence, job skills training, help with accessing all available community services, court advocacy, and support groups. A case manager stays in touch with residents for 6 months or longer after they leave the facility. The agency has 10 single family homes for survivors of domestic violence transitioning to independent living. Short-term rental assistance is provided to clients who are homeless or soon to be homeless as a result of fleeing domestic violence
court advocacy is provided in all of the courts in all six counties when domestic violence cases are on the docket. Many victims face the legal process and courtroom setting for the first time in their quest for freedom from abuse. The experience can be very confusing, frightening and intimidating under normal circumstances and certainly intensifies when one is experiencing trauma from abuse. A safeplace court advocate is a non-lawyer advocate who is trained to provide victims of domestic violence with information and support as they maneuver through the legal system. This support helps victims develop the confidence necessary to use the justice system in their efforts to gain freedom from abuse.
prevention education and outreach - programs are currently presented in every school system and many of the private schools within the six county service area, reaching an average of 15,000 students each year. Community support groups are held weekly. The peace program is a state-certified, court-ordered batterer's intervention program that confronts abusers' belief systems and use of power and control. Training in the dynamics of domestic violence is available to health care providers, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, counselors, human resource personnel, ministers, social workers, and other interest groups or professionals.