Human Services

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Quick Facts

aka SAFE, Inc. and SAFE Spot Child Advocacy Center

Wilkesboro, NC

Mission

SAFE, Inc. offers survivors of domestic and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope.

Notes from the Nonprofit

2015 brought many positive changes at SAFE.

• In July, Sharon Bell began as SAFE's executive director, succeeding interim director Glenda Andrews. Mrs. Bell came to SAFE from Barium Springs Home for Children. She brings two decades of non-profit experience to SAFE, including 15 years in senior management positions. Leigh Combs of Wilkes Regional Medical Center succeeded Erica Walker as chairperson of the SAFE board of directors.

• In August, SAFE launched two new support groups for violence survivors. Carla Holmes facilitates the domestic violence support group and Camtu Walker facilitates the sexual assault support group. These open groups meet monthly at the SAFE office on College Avenue. Shelter staff offer an additional group meeting for shelter residents.

• The addition of in-house forensic interviews at SAFE Spot Child Advocacy Center led to a big increase in the number of interviews. These interviews are used to support prosecution of sex offenders. Of the cases in which charges were filed, six defendants pled guilty, one defendant was convicted at trial, and no defendants were acquitted in 2015.

• In October, SAFE's Tim Murphy was trained as a facilitator of Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children program. SAFE, Communities In Schools and the Wilkes Community Partnership for Children are partnering to offer this child sexual abuse prevention program to area professionals and the general public. This initiative is supported by a United Way Venture Grant.

• In May, SAFE's annual breakfast fundraiser set attendance and fundraising records. Support from individuals improved in 2015, indicating increased public support for SAFE's mission and role in the community.

Ruling Year

1981

Executive Director

Compton Fortuna

Main Address

PO Box 445 1260 College Avenue #5

Wilkesboro, NC 28697 USA

Keywords

domestic violence rape crisis sexual assault prevention child advocacy center

EIN

56-1269568

 Number

6399263445

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Victims' Services (P62)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

SAFE addresses domestic and sexual violence, problems that are unfortunately quite common nationally and in our community. Across the U.S., one in four women report experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes. One in six women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. An estimated one in ten children will suffer sexual abuse before their 18th birthdays.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Emergency Shelter

Court Advocacy Program

Community Education

Child Advocacy Center

Crisis Line

Sexual Assault Services

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

SAFE has two primary goals:

1. Provide options to promote safety, empowerment, healing and hope for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
2. Prevent domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

Strategies to promote safety, empowerment, healing and hope for survivors of domestic and sexual violence include:

1. Offering free emergency shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
2. Providing 24-7 victim support through SAFE's crisis line, 838-SAFE (336-838-7233).
3. Furnishing court advocacy services, including court accompaniment, assistance with obtaining protective orders, and referral to legal services.
4. Furnishing sexual assault response services, including emergency hospital response, crisis call response, counseling and psychoeducation. These services are provided to adult victims, children and the non-offending parents and caregivers of child victims.
5. Extending support to victims, including counseling provided by a licensed professional counselor, weekly support group, peer advisement by trained advocates.
6. Referring clients to community resources.

Strategies to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse include:

1. Organizing Wilkes County's child abuse multidisciplinary team to coordinate investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases.
2. Providing "Safe Dates", an evidence-based relationship teen relationship abuse prevention program, to students in the Wilkes County Schools.
3. Providing "Cut It Out" training to enable hair stylists to recognize and respond to clients who are victims of domestic violence.
4. Providing "Stewards of Children", an evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention program, to area professionals and parents.
5. Supporting "Good Touch-Bad Touch", a child sexual abuse prevention program implemented by guidance counselors in the Wilkes County Schools.
6. Providing "Stand Up!" bystander intervention training to empower community members to intervene before, during or after incidences of sexual assualt or relationship violence.
7. Providing community based medical and forensic interviewing services to improve the ability to prosecute molestation cases.

SAFE has served Wilkes County continuously since 1980. SAFE's capabilities include:

1. Staff: The SAFE team includes caring, experienced, and trained victim advocates, therapists and community educators.
2. Specialized Facilities: SAFE provides a shelter for violence victims, and a child advocacy center purpose built to serve victims of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.
3. Partnerships: SAFE works closely with community partners including, but not limited to: local law enforcement agencies, Legal Aid of North Carolina, the 23rd District Attorney's Office, Wilkes County Schools, Wilkes County Department of Social Services, the 23rd District Guardian ad Litem Program, the Wilkes County Bar Association, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, Wilkes County Health Department, etc.
4. Financial Stability. SAFE maintains adequate financial reserves. Spending is guided by an annual budget approved by the board of directors. SAFE has garnered financial support from individuals, businesses, churches, civic organizations and foundations to supplement government funding.

SAFE charts and annually reports key service statistics, including but not limited to:

1. Number of adults and children served by SAFE's shelter for violence victims
2. Number of nights stayed and meals provided to shelter residents
3. Number of crisis calls
4. Incidences of advocacy, including assistance with protective orders, court accompaniment
5. Hours of therapy provided
6. Number provided evidence-based prevention training (Safe Dates, Stewards of Children, etc.)
7. Number of children served by SAFE Spot, our child advocacy center

SAFE also tracks community data, including number of reported rapes and sexual assaults, number of child sexual abuse cases handled by local law enforcement and child welfare agencies, etc.

Progress

1. SAFE's shelter is serving record numbers of violence victims.
2. SAFE is providing record levels of service to victims seeking legal protection.
3. In 2011, SAFE completed renovations to modernize its 14-bed shelter.
4. SAFE's child advocacy center opened its doors in October 2014. SAFE Spot Child Advocacy Center is currently conducting forensic interviews, providing therapy to victims of child sexual abuse, and its multidisciplinary team is meeting monthly to staff cases and coordinate investigation and prosecution of molestation cases.

Areas for Growth

1. SAFE will continue to implement the child advocacy center model.
2. Over the next five years, SAFE Spot Child Advocacy Center and our community partners will seek to provide "Stewards of Children" to five percent of the adult population of Wilkes County.
3. SAFE will seek to strengthen its partnership with Wilkes Regional Medical Center to improve services to sexual assault victims.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Children's Alliance - Associate Member

Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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