Message from Executive Director
Imagine what it is like to live in fear every minute of your life, even while you're sleeping. Imagine having to constantly worry about the safety of yourself, your children, and your family. Imagine if you were told every day that you aren’t worth anything, that you aren’t deserving of help. Imagine not knowing there is a way out and the darkness of fear, shame, and guilt surround you.
Domestic violence is a famously silent crime. No one wants to talk about it or believe that it happens but 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. We received more than 2,500 calls to our crisis line last year, provided emergency shelter to nearly 300 victims and their children, and more than 600 victims received services through our community outreach services and SafeShelby Sexual Assault Services facility.
You can recognize survivors by their courage. When silence is so very inviting, they step forward and share their experience so others know they aren't alone. Instead of saying, “I'm damaged, I'm broken”, they say "I'm healing, I'm starting over.” Left in a place of hopelessness, planted in a new place to receive hope.
That place is SafeHouse.
SafeHouse is an incredibly unique organization that is focused on providing individualized comprehensive advocacy and support for those seeking services. At SafeHouse we are so very grateful for the caring support of our community partners that allow us to offer safety, refuge, hope, healing and recovery to those who are hurting. They may never know you personally, but they will know and feel that you care. You offer light and hope into the darkness of violence.