SAFE, Inc. had its beginning in 1976 when a local crisis line identified that shelter for victims of domestic violence was the most serious need of women in our community. A community-based committee was organized and in 1978 SAFE received its 501©3 non-profit status. The state legislature assigned the following counties to SAFE: Alcorn, Benton, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, and Union. In 1983, we became a Rape Crisis center for North Mississippi. SAFE is a member of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Our mission statement reads “SAFE, Inc. is a domestic violence shelter, rape crisis center, and a homeless services provider. We strive to eliminate these problems and their causes through education and community awareness. SAFE, Inc. provides domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking shelter, counseling, case management, advocacy, and continued support.”
All people whose lives are impacted by interpersonal violence shall have access to integrated services that promote healthy and safe relationships.
SAFE, Inc. is a designated rape crisis center by the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Through this program, SAFE maintains a crisis/information/referral line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all victims of rape. The agency provides an advocate for rape victims who request our services during the medical examination, forensic interview, or court appearance pertaining to their sexual assault case. Rape crisis counseling is provided free to any victim of rape in our nine-county area.
SAFE knows that each family is unique. We honor families, including extended families, single parents, LGBTQ families, and chosen families. Whether you choose to leave or stay or need resources for a loved one, we’re here to help you build stronger, safer relationships. To prevent violence and promote healing, we provide a spectrum of services including education, support groups, and counseling.