Task Force on Family Violence dba, A Safe Place wrote -
On July 1st, 2015, after more than 35 years working side by side, A Safe Place and SASS (Sexual Assault Support Services) officially merged and combined their strengths and experience to serve more individuals than ever before. The same dedicated staff, volunteers, and Board members of the separate organizations are working together to increase their collective impact and reach across Southeastern New Hampshire. We have never been more poised to eliminate domestic and sexual violence in our communities than we are today.
Over the years, A Safe Place and SASS saw countless numbers of people who benefited from the services of the two agencies but also saw the challenges and inefficiencies that arose as individuals sought help at one agency only to be referred to the other. Our decision to merge reflects our vision for the future where individuals can seek comprehensive services, experience limited barriers to support, and begin their journey forward with stronger, more stable footing.
2014 Client Services and Violence Prevention Education Stats for Southeastern NH
The agencies providing confidential support services to 2,546 individuals. Support services include a 24-hour hotline 1-603-994-SAFE (7233), advocate accompaniments to area hospitals, police stations, Child Advocacy Centers and courts and safe shelter and support groups.
The Safe Kids Strong Teens violence prevention education and awareness program was presented to 9,185 children and adults in 42 schools. Safe Kids Strong Teens is an interactive k-12 program that uses an age-appropriate curriculum to protect children in the community from sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying and teen dating violence. Evaluations of the program have produced promising results in regards to changes in knowledge and attitudes related to victim blaming and healthy relationships.
Did YOU know?
Last year, A Safe Place and SASS received over 10,000 hotline calls. Although it may seem like a large number, HAVEN’s catchment includes approximately 400,000 women, men and children in Southeastern NH.
In September of 2014, the shelter turned away 15 mothers and 12 kids due to capacity. When there is no room to provide safe shelter, the agency will do whatever it can to help connect victims and survivors to another shelter in the State.
There are 40,000 school-aged children in Southeastern NH but due to funding only 10,000 kids are able to participate in the Safe Kids Strong Teens violence prevention education and awareness program. Most may not know that 80% of the costs to provide the Safe Kids Strong Teens is supported through individual and corporate donors.
We are HAVEN
Our mission is to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking, and to support and empower women, men, youth and families to heal from abuse and rebuild their lives.
As we look forward to a new era as HAVEN, the largest crisis agency in the state of New Hampshire, we know that reintroducing our agency and our vision for improved and expanded services for the community is essential. You can help us continue to provide critical programs and services needed to support victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence by supporting us through the NO MORE Challenge.