Safe Haven, Inc. was organized in August, 1983, as a volunteer support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The need for such an organization was demonstrated by the significant number of victims who were treated at the Golden Triangle Regional Medical Center. Although such victims could obtain treatment for physical injuries, they and their children were still faced with going back into the same abusive situation, due to lack of resources for intervention or shelter. The efforts of the hospital social workers resulted in a community response in the form of organized volunteers who were trained to provide crisis counseling to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. As their efforts expanded, community service clubs, organizations, law-enforcement agencies, and churches were organized in a cooperative effort to provide temporary shelter, emergency crisis counseling, and referral to other community agencies in order to meet the victim’s needs.
Since then, Safe Haven has incorporated under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors and employed full-time and part-time staff members.
Safe Haven’s services to clients include temporary shelter, food, clothing, transportation, child care, licensed professional counseling both individual/group, victim advocacy and referrals to many other community resource agencies in order to meet the client’s needs.
Safe Haven also provides community outreach by offering domestic violence and sexual assault education/ prevention training using curricula such as Safe Dates and Green Dot.
Safe Haven receives funding from United Way agencies, grants, donations from cities being served by Safe Haven, private donations and fundraisers.
Mission Statement: As an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Safe Haven Inc., strives to provide emergency shelter and crisis intervention in a loving, caring and secure environment that will uphold their dignity and self-worth as individuals.