Mother’s Day at DC SAFE

Mother’s Day at DC SAFE

Mother’s Day is coming up in just a few weeks. For SAFE clients and staff, this holiday has a different meaning than it does to most people.

58% of SAFE’s clients are mothers, most of them to children under the age of 10. The work that we do impacts not only these women, but thousands of children each year. SAFE Space housed 6,827 women and 3,939 children in FY13.

The mothers of DC SAFE would like to ask you to support our clients and their children with a financial contribution today. For every $25 you donate, we will send a Mother’s Day e-card to the recipient of your choice. And as a bonus, all donors will be entered in a drawing to win one of two gifts pictured above– a collection of heavenly soaps from Mama Organic or a $20 gift card to Tryst Coffeehouse!

Click here to donate today. Designate “For Mothers” in the dedication box, and we will contact you to personalize your e-card with a brief 200-character message, and send it to the recipient of your choice on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014.

Please email us for more information on how you can support the mothers we serve.

DOJ Honors DC SAFE for National Crime Victims Rights Week 2014

The Department of Justice recognized DC SAFE with the National Crime Victims’ Service Award during a national ceremony April 9, 2014, for providing rapid access to services for domestic violence victims.

“Through their courage and critical contributions to assist and empower victims, these individuals and organizations have given hope to countless Americans victimized by crime– even under the most difficult circumstances,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “I am proud to recognize these extraordinary advocates by celebrating their achievements and assure them that the Department of Justice is more determined than ever to help ensure their continued success.”

The SAFE Space program was established in 2011 to fill a gap in local emergency shelter resources for domestic violence survivors. Most other providers have a multi-week entry period, counseling requirements, or other barriers that can delay a victim’s entry into shelter. Immediate access to shelter is one of the most urgent safety needs faced by domestic violence survivors. After years of struggling to find safe shelter for our clients, SAFE partnered with a local real estate developer and the DC Crime Victims’ Compensation Program to establish SAFE Space, and create the city’s first and only emergency domestic violence shelter.

SAFE Space provides certified domestic violence advocates onsite. The program also enables timely access to government and social services, including expedited public housing transfers away from their abusers, clothing, personal care items and household necessities. This enables victims to return to work, send their children back to school and resume their lives.

This program also works closely with DC SAFE’s Lethality Assessment Project to identify high-risk clients and devise a client-led advocacy plan that expedites services provided by partnering with DC government agencies. DC SAFE has provided immediate shelter and vital services to 423 adults and their 604 children since May 2011.

“We are humbled and proud to recognize these extraordinary individuals, teams, and organizations for their outstanding service” said Deputy Attorney General James Cole. “These compassionate honorees have become beacons of hope for so many others who have endured shock and deep sadness in the face of too many incidents involving violence and loss.”

In addition to DC SAFE, the Department recognized nine other individuals and programs for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims. Descriptions and videos of the honorees are available at the Office for Victims of Crime’s Gallery.

President Reagan proclaimed the first Victims’ Rights Week in 1981, calling for renewed emphasis on, and sensitivity to, the rights of victims. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed this year from April 6-12, and the theme is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.”

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP has six components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at www.ojp.gov.

Check out the award recipient videos above, and click here to read DCist’s coverage of the event.

Advocate of the Month: March 2014

Advocate of the Month: March 2014

Alex is March’s Advocate of the Month! After our dear Kate left us last month, Alex was promoted to OCAP Lead Advocate and has taken on her new responsibilities with incredible efficiency and grace. She provides incredible support to the staff and volunteer advocates on the Response Line and coordinates the madness of 24-hour scheduling with extraordinary patience. You makes an incredibly tough job look effortless, Alex- thank you for being so amazing!

Advocate of the Month: February 2014

Advocate of the Month: February 2014

Special thanks to February’s Advocate of the Month, Paige! She worked so hard this past month, coordinating and leading SAFE’s DVACCT training, preparing a wonderful new group of interns and volunteers to become rock star advocates like herself. Paige is always there with a smile and a helping hand, and we just don’t know what we’d do without her. Kudos to you, Paige!

Support DC SAFE this Valentine’s Day!

Support DC SAFE this Valentine’s Day!

Each of these local businesses has agreed to support SAFE either by making a donation themselves or by collecting donations on our behalf during the week of February 7th – 14th. Buy your honey a token of your love, and make a donation while you’re there!

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Farewell, Dear Friend!

Farewell, Dear Friend!

SAFE is sad to bid farewell to our colleague, Kate Myers. Kate has been with us three wonderful years as Lead Advocate for our on-call program, working countless overnight and weekend shifts to provide life-saving crisis support to SAFE’s clients and their children, and providing coordination and guidance for our volunteer and staff on-call advocates. It has been a joy to have her in our family for this time. We wish Kate the greatest success in her new position with Safe Shores Child Advocacy Center, and in all aspects of life.

Natalia Otero In the News

Natalia Otero In the News

Agenda screen cap-edited2Natalia Otero was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about domestic violence on AGENDA, DC’s one and only bilingual news program. Click the links to watch the full show in English or in Spanish.

SAFE would like to thank host Alejandro Negron for the invitation to participate, and to fellow participant Pedro Biaggi from El Zol 107.9 for a thoughtful and heartfelt conversation about the issue.

Advocate of the Month: January 2014

Advocate of the Month: January 2014

Suzanne Miller is SAFE’s Advocate of the Month for January! Suzanne is always the first to step up to help out with coverage when we are short-handed, and this holiday season was no exception. She rocked out the intake center, court accompaniment, and the Response Line when staff and volunteer coverage was limited, lending a hand wherever one was needed. She’s a shining star, and we’re so lucky to have her with us. Thanks, Suzanne!

Advocate of the Month: December 2013

Advocate of the Month: December 2013

Nancy Salinas is SAFE’s Advocate of the Month for December 2013!

Nancy is a bilingual champion in the Intake Center. She’s always great about picking up any Spanish clients that come to the Court, or taking a call on the Response Line when a Spanish speaker calls in. With one of our bilingual advocates out on maternity leave this month, Nancy has truly stepped up to the plate to handle the extra clients, and has done so while maintaining the positive, sunny disposition for which we all love her.

Thanks so much to Nancy for all her hard work!

#DCSAFEneeds Your Help this Holiday Season

DC SAFE is asking for your help this holiday season! Many of our clients come to us without any of the basic resources that we take for granted every day– from bed linens to shampoo– and we are constantly in need of certain resources. During the week of December 2 – 6, 2013, we will be asking for donations every day for some of the most needed items on our wish list.

Monday, 12/2: #DCSAFEneeds bed linens and towels
Tuesday, 12/3: #GivingTuesday donate money to fund our life-saving programs
Wednesday, 12/4: #DCSAFEneeds shelf-stable food and snacks
Thursday, 12/5: #DCSAFEneeds household cleaning supplies
Friday, 12/6: #DCSAFEneeds toiletries

You can view the full wish list on our website or on Amazon.com for more details on what specific items are needed

Check back every day on our Twitter and Facebook profiles this week to see what today’s highlighted need is, and share it on your own profile with the hashtag #DCSAFEneeds to spread the word. If you can’t donate yourself, you can help just by sharing the information with others who might be able to give!

Want to do more? You can host a holiday party to collect any of these items, or organize a cash drive at your office, school, or church. If you have any questions on how you can support DC SAFE, please contact us.