BENEFITING: United Family Services, Inc.
Safe Alliance has served survivors of domestic and sexual violence for over 35 years. We operate Mecklenburg County’s only domestic violence shelter and domestic violence hotline, and we are the only agency providing court advocacy and court accompaniment to victims seeking a domestic violence protection order.
Safe Alliance’s programs meet or exceed the best practice standards outlined by the North Carolina Council for Women, which we demonstrate through annual audits.
Safe Alliance is a recognized leader in the delivery of trauma informed, client centered care. We are committed to continuous quality improvement. We draw upon best practice research, client feedback, and outcome data to refine and strengthen our service delivery model and maximize our impact.
Safe Alliance has forged relationships with key community partners, giving survivors access to a wide range of supports, and helping the agency advocate for needed systems level changes. For example, our work with Dress for Success and Charlotte Cares gives adult survivors access to job readiness training and job search assistance, and our work with Race Matters for Juvenile Justice draws much needed public attention to the intersections between gender based violence, racism, and generational poverty.
We are passionate about the work we do and have started this campaign to spread awareness and raise funds to support our mission in providing hope and healing to those impacted by domestic violence. Here is a real client story sharing her testimony:
Dawn grew up in Virginia and was a victim of violence by her parents and other caregivers throughout her childhood. She became pregnant at age 16 to a man who abused her. She left Virginia and came to Charlotte to build a new life. When Dawn arrived in Charlotte she became involved with another man who was abusive. She hid the violence from everyone. She had no support system or resources.
One night Dawn escaped with her daughter and rode the bus all night because she didn’t have anywhere else to go. She finally made her way to a police station and they took her to a local homeless shelter where that night she and her daughter slept on the floor. The next day she called the Safe Alliance Domestic Violence hotline and was admitted to the shelter that day. Staying at the shelter changed Dawn’s life. She credits her counselor with being the first person who ever truly listened to her. She began to feel respected and respected herself in return. Her counselor helped her to identify resources and encouraged her to go back to school and get a degree. Dawn was inspired by the women working in the shelter and they proved to be role models for her. Dawn attended college and graduated! She also went on to serve other women and children as a shelter advocate inspiring clients and helping them to build peaceful lives.