It’s the middle of the night. The police have arrived. The mother and child need to be removed from this home as it is no longer safe for them to live there. But where do they go? Since 1974 the answer has been SafeNet. Offering comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence, SafeNet provides free and confidential housing, counseling, services for children, legal services, and a medical program which provides a 24-hour response to victims arriving at local hospitals. SafeNet is committed to ending domestic violence, affirming human dignity and delivering comprehensive direct services to victims of domestic violence.
SafeNet provides sanctuary, support, education, advocacy, and promotes changes in legislation and social policies. We believe every individual has the right to be respected and to live a life free from abuse. Donations to SafeNet means that someone is available 24/7. There is someone there to listen, someone to help when help is needed most. Not only is emergency shelter available, but SafeNet also offers all the comprehensive services needed to help victims reclaim their lives. Your donation will help SafeNet continue the lifesaving work of supporting victims of domestic violence and helping them become self-sufficient. In addition, children also often accompany their mother to SafeNet for services.
Whether it’s housing , counseling, or both that’s needed, SafeNet’s program for children addresses their needs. Experts agree that children are significantly affected by witnessing domestic violence. The emotional damage for a child who witnesses the abuse of their mother is the same as if the child was abused themselves. Children growing up in abusive homes are 75% more likely to become an abuser or end up involved with an abuser. Children are the key to stopping this generational cycle of abuse. There’s never been a time when SafeNet’s services for children have been more needed.
Donate to SafeNet in Erie, PA, through Newman’s Own Foundation $500,000 Holiday Challenge. Paul Newman’s charity is celebrating 35 years of giving by helping nonprofits fundraise with a contest to earn half a million dollars of grant money. Go to www.crowdrise.com/newmansownholidaychallenge, type SafeNet in the search field, and make a gift. It’s simple. As Paul Newman would say, “giving back is just the right thing to do”. Make sure you choose SafeNet in Erie, PA.