SAFE, Inc. offers survivors of domestic and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope.
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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.
PO Box 445 1260 College Avenue #5
Wilkesboro, NC 28697 USA
domestic violence rape crisis sexual assault prevention child advocacy center
Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)
Victims' Services (P62)
Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)
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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
Programs + Results
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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.
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SAFE's 14-bed shelter operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide free emergency shelter to people who are experiencing domestic or sexual violence. SAFE's crisis line---(336) 838-SAFE---is available 24/7 to provide support services to victims and survivors of sexual assault and family violence. SAFE's shelter supervisors are experienced and caring. They provide advice and support to help victims build a safe future for themselves and their children.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Court Advocacy Program
SAFE's court advocate helps victims obtain domestic violence protection orders. She supports victims during court hearings, and refers victims to other services as needed. The advocate also responds to sexual assault calls from the community hospital. More information on the advocacy program is available online at http://www.safewilkes.org/legal-options(http://www.safewilkes.org/legal-options)
Females, all ages or age unspecified
SAFE's Commuity Education program provides programs in a variety of settings to promote awareness and prevention:
SAFE provides Safe Dates, an evidence-based dating abuse prevention program, to high school students in the Wilkes County school system.
SAFE provides informative, prevention-related programs to college classes, church groups and civic clubs.
SAFE offers free child sexual abuse prevention training to churches and other youth-serving organizations.
SAFE promotes its prevention message in the community through press releases, radio appearances, the agency's newsletter, and its website, www.safewilkes.org(http://www.safewilkes.org)
SAFE shares prevention tips on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safewilkes(http://www.facebook.com/safewilkes)
More information on SAFE's community education offerings is available at http://www.safewilkes.org/community-education(http://www.safewilkes.org/community-education)
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Child Advocacy Center
SAFE's child advocacy center will provide comprehensive community-based services to children and families affected by sexual abuse or severe physical abuse. The center will also coordinate the investigation of abuse and prosecution of offenders. The center is currently offering limited services and will offer full services by the end of 2015.
Children and youth (0-19 years)
(336) 838-SAFE (7233) is staffed 24 hours a day year-round to provide information, support and referrals to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Sexual Assault Services
SAFE advocates accompany sexual assault victims at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. SAFE also provides counseling, court advocacy and a monthly support group for victims of sexual assault.
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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.
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.
Affiliations & Memberships
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Children's Alliance - Associate Member
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Board of Directors
as of 9/19/2017
Ms. Sandra Sheppard R.N.
Wilkes Regional Medical Center (retired)
Term: 2014 - 2017
Wilkes Regional Medical Center
Gardner Glass Company
Wilkes Regional Medical Center
Wilkes County Schools-retired
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