S.A.F.E., Inc., is most known for its emergency shelter for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. Our priority is the safety and comfort of those residing with us.
Our shelter offers comprehensive services to help survivors on their journey towards regaining self-sufficiency and becoming more empowered individuals. In this compassionate home-like environment, survivors receive assistance in overcoming the physical and emotional trauma they have experienced, in order to maintain long-term safety, stability, and independence.
1 in 6 adult men in the U.S. will become a victim of domestic violence during his lifetime
Domestic and sexual violence can affect anyone — including men. Many believe there are no resources or support available for male victims.
Counseling & Case Management
SAFE provides a wide array of services for sexual assault survivors. Our advocates work to make every survivor feel safe, empowered, and confident in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Services include a 24-hour sexual assault helpline, hospital accompaniment, crisis counseling, safety planning, referrals, legal advocacy, support groups, and more.
Counseling is provided for both adults and children to address the common mental health issues that arise as a result of domestic violence abuse, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Rape crisis counseling is also provided for victims and survivors of rape. This program is offered to shelter clients, as well as, non-residents residing in the nine-county area serviced by SAFE, Inc. The counselor provides trauma-informed, culturally competent services through individual therapy for victims, as well as, their children. Crisis counseling is also provided for victims and survivors of sexual assault.
The court advocate accompanies victims to file for protection orders, file criminal charges against the abuser, meet with an attorney, and attend court hearings, or any other legal processes that may arise from the abusive situation or sexual assault.
Our Children’s Program includes developmentally appropriate education and support components designed to help children understand the trauma they have experienced and provide them with coping and problem-solving skills. The Children’s Program also engages in age-appropriate safety planning with children and helps them deal appropriately with their anger, fears, and confusion.
Our children’s program also provides after-school tutoring for school-age children. A certified teacher from the Tupelo school District tutors the children Monday through Thursday for one hour during the school year.
For our pre-school children, S.A.F.E. operates on-site daycare whose hours attempt to accommodate our working clients. The daycare is also open to non-resident clients who receive counseling services or support group services.
For our pre-school children, SAFE operates an on-site daycare whose hours attempt to accommodate our working clients. The daycare is also open to non-resident clients who see the counselor or therapist and need daycare services. Our agency also partners with the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi each summer in providing a safe and healthy environment for our school-age children during the summer.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
The Domestic Abuse Intervention Program is a 24-week intervention program for batterers who are either court-ordered or self-referred. It was designed to reduce violence against women/men and to help batterers look more closely at their actions, intentions, and beliefs and the effect their actions have on their intimate partners and others. It is based on the Duluth Treatment Model.
*ALL SERVICES ARE FREE OF CHARGE*
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Support Group
Once a week, domestic violence/sexual assault peer support groups are held for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the nine-county service area of SAFE, Inc.
Women's Issues Group
Once a week, shelter clients have the opportunity to attend a Women’s Issues Group led by a volunteer who is an expert in the topic of discussion. The four topics presented each month are women’s health and nutrition, financial literacy, stress management, and dressing for success which includes preparing resumes, job interviewing skills, completing job applications, and dressing for job interviews.
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