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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Human Services, Protection Against Abuse, Victims Services, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: The mission of Safe Places is to create communities where every child is protected, every home is a safe place, and where every person can live a life free from violence.

Results: Results to date: For almost ten years, we have sustained this organization and provided thousands of much-needed services in the community.

Target demographics: child and adult victims of violence and abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year: Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500+

Geographic areas served: Arkansas

Programs: Weekly violence prevention and Transforming Anger educational groups for children ages 4-12 and for adolescents at risk for victimization and/or offending behavior held at various community locations, including the juvenile detention facility, Boys and Girl's Clubs, afterschool youth programs, schools, and faith communities. These programs served more than 1,200 children in 2007. Trauma-focused therapy for child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse as well as for chidren exposed to family, school, and/or community violence. Support Groups for victims of violence Training in violence prevention and intervention for faith communities and clergy served more than 200 faith communities in 2006.

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Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places has the very best service anywhere. They worked with me for over two years and I was able to literally change my life from terror to safety.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Safe Places. They helped me so much when I needed help the most. I had lost faith in every system, but Safe Places was always there for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to describe how much Safe Places has helped me. i was distraught. No one believed that I had been raped. Even my own family doubted my story. It meant so much that the Safe Places counselor just believed me and made sure I was OK. It was a horrendous experience, but I had the very best advocate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for many years because safe Places did so much for my entire family. I will continue to give substantially to make sure that this organization is able to continue doing the work it does so professionally and with a great deal of heartfelt care. It is very easy for others who do not know to speak ill of another organization, but it is impossible to speak ill of this one when you truly believe they have saved your life and the lives of your children. I urge any and all persons to try to help Safe Places continue for many years into the future through volunteering and giving all that you can. My children are a testament to their work and not just for a few months. We have worked with them for almost eight years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Safe Places for over five years, on an off as I have time. I have observed some of the most experienced staff and volunteers offer wonderful help to so many people. I think every person needs to know what an awesome organization this is and the many ways it helps the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was being bullied in school real bad. Safe Places helped me a lot. I tried to understand why they were doing it and I thought it was because of me. But Safe Places gave me confidence to know that I was OK, and those other kids just had problems that made them feel better about themselves when they put somebody down. Safe Places really listens to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places is a stellar organization. They are professional, but always accessible to every person that needs them. It really does not matter how someone has been victimized. They are present with quality services.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My children were sexually, physically and emotionally abused their entire lives. Each paid t=for it in a different way. I know know Safe Places and everything they do and I am certain our lives would have been different if there had been a Safe Places.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places has been life saving for our family. We have been in the struggles of violence for years, family violence and abuse of our children. Safe Places was there when we needed help and has been there for us every day since if we asked for help.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places is an incredible organization that works with victims of violence, serving children, young people and adults.

Jennifer124

Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places is a one of a kind organization which Little Rock, AR is fortunate to have among our community as a real team player. They work to continually find ways to serve the victims and families of Domestic violence, Rape and Molestation in many ways. Most people would be shocked to really know all involved in treating and assisting in these tragic and unfortunate situations that our society wishes would just go away. They have saved our daughters life and certainly helped our family to move forward and continue to grow.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister wwent to Safe Places and got so much help. We both did. And our mom was so glad that they had a way to help her too. Our mom was really upset with everything that had happened to my sister at school. All of us were so upset we wanted to move away, But because of the ladies at safe Places, all of us got through it. It took time, but they stuck with us all the way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My child was sexually abused and Safe Places was there for both of us. It was a very long road to getting over the most horrible time in my life, but Safe Places worked with my whole family , as well as my child. We have had help from safe Places for many years and in all kinds of ways. With my child's school problems related to severe bullying, with her inability to attend school because of panic attacks, with almost every challenge you can imagine. All I can say is thank you to this wonderful group of people who really do care about my family, and even my other children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was completely destroyed by violence from my spouse against me. My four children suffered from being exposed to that violence for many years. I truly believed that I could not raise 4 children on my own. So I was trapped and had no idea how to get me and my children into a safer place. That's when I found a safe place in Safe Places. Their work was definitely a family intervention and not only was I supported, but they cared for my children as well. I tried many organizations for help over many years, and there is just none that match the kind of help Safe Places offered. Today, we are safe, on our own and thriving. From time to time, Safe Places is still there if we need help and that is so comforting. As my children grow up, issues do arise because they did not get out unharmed at all. But Safe Places helps us work through those times.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a victim of a terribly violent assault I felt I had lost my voice. Everything around me seemed to be suffocating me. I was completely overwhelmed by what had happened to me, how it was handled, and how to move on afterwards. I didn't know how to talk to anyone about what I was going through and dealing with. I sank into a depression and just kept it all inside. I didn't know where to turn. Then someone mentioned Safe Places and their group meetings to me. I was very reluctant at first. I had already been visiting a counselor elsewhere and still felt very alone. But, I decided to come to the group and see. I'm so happy that I did. From the very first meeting I didn't feel so terribly alone anymore. Each woman there had a different story, but we were all going through some of the same emotions. Depression, shame, disbelief, fear, anger. We were all carrying some of the same burdens. Our group facilitator was fantastic with helping us talk openly about our feelings, about the pain, about our fears, about all of what we were dealing with. Each week as I listened to these courageous women talk about their feelings I began to feel less and less suffocated, less alone. Eventually I was even able to start sharing my own feelings. I am still healing and learning to cope with what happened to me. It's a process and a journey. But, I am getting my life back, my voice back, and even my smile back. Safe Places started me on that journey. I am saddened that the groups have had to stop, but am in hopes that someday they can continue again. I will continue my journey on my own for now, stronger because of the help I received at Safe Places. Thank you so much to the staff and volunteers at Safe Places, for without you I'd still be alone and weak. Thank you for helping me to find my voice again.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Great services again, much needed here in LR but really poor management with their money. Wonder where it all went...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I left an abusive relationship in 2009. Even after I left, my abuser continued to visitation to harass me. He later remarried and assaulted his wife in front of our 2yrs old child. Amazingly my son was able to tell me "daddy pushed stepmommy and kick her on the floor". I was able to pull over 15 police reports involving him within the past four years. I immediately stopped all visits and later consulted Safe Places on how to handle supervise visits since there was no court order for visitation. Safe Places Staff were very knowledgeable in this area. Thanks for helping me protect my son.

Rosa G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe places non-profit organization is amazingly wonderful; it's name explains its whole purpose.This organization helped me to not fear to speak up when things are right.Safe Places gave me & my family have peace also it created a safe enviornment.Without this organization I don't know what I could of done to be safe. Safe Plafes deserves all the support It can get because it helps our community.Thank You Safe Places for all your help and support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is a client of Safe Places. They have been very helpful in addressing my concerns and helping me to feel at ease with the current situation involving my grandchild. The staff seem to be very compassionate, understanding and intuitive. I know with Safe Places, when I drop my granddaughter off for supervised visits, that they have my granddaughter's safety and best interest at heart. I don't know what we would do without them.

Julie55

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended group meetings at Safe Places and taken away a lot of valuable insight on my problems from my past. The staff, paid and volunteer, always treated me with the upmost respect. For what time I had there, I am eternally greatful and hope to Give Back soon!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daugther was sexually abused by her step-grandfather. We had no where to turn to get information and/or help. Safe Places was there for us during it all -- all FREE of cost to us. I would highly recommend it to any and all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places has been a God send to me and my family -- I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was sexually assaulted, her confidence and self-esteem were affected, as well as her ability to trust others. She had difficulty expressing her feelings and experienced many phases of emotional trauma. Some of her feelings were shared by my family, such as grief, loss, anger, fear and helplessness. Safe Places provided the help we needed when we felt that we had no one to turn to. We immediately felt a sense of love and care. The professional manner and expertise we received were exceptional. What a blessing Safe Places has been for our family! Safe Places empowered my daughter and taught her how to recognize and express her feelings. She learned skills to manage her anxiety and regain her self-confidence. Through the whole process, our family became closer and improved our relationships with each other. Thank God for Safe Places! It was a true answer to our prayers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places has been the only organization in the community that was able to fulfill the needs of our family in a dire situation. Making the time to meet with my children and focusing on what they needed to feel "safe". Thanks to Safe Places for being there when no one else would be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was helped by Safe Places many years ago, and I still remember the kindness and compassion they showed me. I had been shot several times and was in a coma in the hospital when the advocate came to see me. She was patient and was there for me when I miraculously woke up. Then she started helping me walk one step at a time into a life I thought I had lost.