Mission: We are a small grassroots interfaith agency that promotes hope and justice for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse. Working as a bridge, Safe Havens strengthens the capacity of diverse faith communities and service providers to engage in collaborative efforts that address domestic violence and elder abuse. Safe Havens develops and provides education, resources, and technical assistance for service providers and faith leaders in order to improve community responses to domestic violence
Safe Havens... because no one should have to choose between faith and safety.
Results: No matter what your faith or traditions, and even if you don’t follow a particular faith, Safe Havens works to keep the lives of people you care about safer. Since 2010 Safe Havens has:
- Worked with over 230 faith communities in the Greater Boston Area, drastically increasing the impact and reach of our message about faith and domestic violence.
- Worked with almost one thousand faith leaders in the Greater Boston Area, giving them the training, skills, and resources they need to address domestic violence in their faith communities.
- Along with work in faith communities Safe Havens has worked with over one hundred domestic violence service organizations, to help them address issues involving faith, while they assist victims and survivors of domestic violence.
- Nationally, we supported 300 rural faith communities, helping them to save lives and protect victims and survivors of domestic violence, and we helped over 500 communities address elder abuse with toolkits that we developed.
Target demographics: We serve both direct service providers and faith communities, in an attempt to make faith communities into "safe havens" full of individuals who can act as first responders and supporters for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of faith communities both in Massachusetts and Nationally. In the Greater Boston Area we trained over 400 clergy and faith leaders, served 127 diverse faith communities, and supported 50 direct service providers while they worked to address issues involving domestic violence and faith. Nationally, we supported 300 rural faith communities, helping them to save lives and protect victims and survivors of domestic violence, and we helped over 500 communities address elder abuse with toolki
Geographic areas served: The communities of the Greater Boston Area, Massachussetts, and faith communities throughout the United States
Programs: We provide trainings and informational campaigns to support clergy and faith leaders as well as the members of their faith communities to stop domestic violence and elder abuse. We also work with direct service providers such as domestic abuse shelters and domestic violence prevention advocates to help them address the issue of faith in relation to domestic violence prevention and healing.
Safe Havens came to my church a few years back and did a great job talking to us about how faith and domestic violence prevention go hand in hand. They were extremely passionate and drove home a great message!
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Safe Havens has a long history of leadership, training and effective outreach to make sure that those experiencing domestic and sexual violence, and or elder abuse are protected and have a safe place to turn in a crisis. Safe Havens is a regional and national leader in the hard work to bring safety and justice to women, children households and communities.