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*ANNUAL APPEAL 2017-2018

Board & Staff

Felicity Swayze, Chair, Tunbridge
Kathy Nelson, Randolph
Eileen Murphy, Vershire
Lenora Kimball, Tunbridge
Maureen Moriarty, Tunbridge
Hannah Elle Lane, Braintree
Linda Ingold, Executive Director
Judy Szeg, Educator/Office & Volunteer Coordinator
Lynn Rollins, Advocate

Links Section

Youth Survey

Vermont Judiciary

2015-2016 Annual Report

National Sexual Violence Resource Center


Vermont Law School

Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Pride Center VT/SafeSpace

Futures Without Violence

Prevent IPV

Fairlee Marine


National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma & MH

Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation

Granite United Way

Teen DV Month
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Safeline, Inc. is located in central Vermont and serves domestic and sexual violence victims in Orange County and the northern Windsor towns of Sharon, Royalton, Bethel, Stockbridge and Rochester. Safeline runs a 24/7 toll free number that provides support, safety planning, information and referrals as well as in person support and legal, economic and medical advocacy. We are a 501(c)3.

SAFELINE'S MISSION: Safeline strives to end physical, emotional and sexual violence against women and children through direct service, education, advocacy and social change.

SAFELINE'S BOARD: Chair, Felicity Swayze, Tunbridge; Kathy Nelson, Randolph; Eileen Murphy, Vershire; Lenora Kimball, Tunbridge; Maureen Moriarty, Tunbridge and Hannah Elle Lane, Braintree

*If you are looking for services related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and do not live in Safeline's service area, visit The National Network To End Domestic Violence website to find your state coalition.*

Wanted: More Askable Adults 

In October 2018, the Youth Advocacy Task Force of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence released the results of a survey of Vermont's youth. The Task Force designed and launched an informal on-line survey for Vermont youth up to age 24. The YATF's purpose in creating this survey was to better inform their advocacy and outreach by listening to Vermont youth about their concerns and ideas for solutions. 584 Vermont youth participated in the survey. 140 were from Safeline's service area! To read the Executive Summary and the full report click on the Youth Survey link at left. One of the major findings was that youth really do want supportive, "askable" adults in their lives. The Task Force is now digging deeper to learn what characteristics youth feel makes adults "askable" and how we can help support adults in becoming "askable."

SAVE THE DATE Safeline will be holding PAWS FOR A CAUSE, our fist annual dog walk and special events on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds from 9am - 2pm. Watch here for more information. We will need volunteers to help in advance and on the day of the event. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sue Perreault at 802-685-7900, ext 306 or

2019 Annual Appeal

Dear Safeline Friend,

This year has been filled with distressing news reports both nationally and locally. "South Royalton Man Charged with Sexual Assault" and "Bethel man arrested for domestic assault" were headlines in local newspapers this past year. While national news focuses on Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, "Former Randolph principal faces sexual exploitation charges" hits close to home. These reports are about our neighbors. Students, wives, daughters and sons have been affected by sexual abuse and domestic violence.

In our work to end physical, emotional and sexual violence, this year Safeline provided 2,383 free and confidential services for 334 individuals. This included 58 children who experienced violence directly or within their family. While we provide services for both women and men, our mission statement reflects the fact that the majority of domestic violence or sexual abuse is perpetrated against women and children.

Safeline advocates gave emotional support and helped create individualized safety plans for 326 victims. We provided 372 sessions of legal advocacy which included attending Orange County Court with survivors and helping them fill out complicated legal paperwork. We provided 268 crises interventions (many through our 24 hour 7 days a week hotline). We also provided financial education and helped survivors find housing.

In an effort to prevent violence, we are working to educate teens about healthy relationships early in their social development. We are eager for any opportunity to inform and educate the public about issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence and how they affect our communities.

Safeline is working to end domestic violence and sexual abuse in Orange and northern Windsor counties. With this letter, we are asking for your financial assistance to help with this effort. We know that abuse often escalates ending in tragedy. We are working so that we no longer see headlines that read "S.Royalton Man Will Be Charged in Fatal Shooting."

Please send a tax-deductible check to Safeline, P.O. Box 368, Chelsea, VT 05038 or visit or secure PayPal link at Thank you for making a positive difference combating domestic violence and sexual abuse.

With sincere appreciation,

Linda Ingold

Executive Director

Safeline is excited to announce our new logo!

This new look reflects our ongoing mission as we strive to end domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Orange and northern Windsor counties. As we worked with Linda Mirabile from RavenMark, Inc., a central Vermont graphic design and communications firm, we needed a redesigned logo that would convey a feeling of safety and inclusion for the survivors we serve. We also wanted to show how Safeline works collaboratively with other organizations for a sense of network and community.

The final logo design is suggestive of a quilt pattern (safety, comfort) with overlapping lines (networking) and rounded diamonds (community, people). The pattern does not say violence or abuse but rather is meant to convey a positive image of what Safeline does to help support and heal those we serve.

The new image is dynamic, showing forward motion similar to the survivors Safeline assists. We are pleased that this logo will become a recognizable identity that people will associate with Safeline’s mission of advocacy, prevention, education and social change.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Safeline's mission,
Linda Ingold, Executive Director


Did you know that you can safely make a credit card donation to Safeline through Paypal? We appreciate your support! Safeline is a 501(c)3.

Events & Opportunities

The Task Force will meet on the first Wednesday each month from 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:30 at Safeline s office in Chelsea. Topic TBD. The public is welcome. Please note: in the event of bad weather causing cancellation of a Task Force Meeting, the decision to cancel will be made no later than 2 hours prior to the meeting. Safeline's toll free number, 1-800-639-7233, may be called to verify if a meeting is cancelled.

To view minutes from previous OC Task Force meetings, click here.


Safeline has many types of volunteer opportunities. Following is a brief description of some of them.

Hotline Volunteer - Answering Safeline hotline calls. We provide extensive training for hotline volunteers. By using available pagers, answering hotline calls is flexible and convenient, and you can safely and easily respond from your own home. When a volunteer is covering a hotline shift, Safeline staff are always available for backup with any questions or concerns.

Community Outreach - Several types of activity fall within community outreach. We are always trying to better inform our communities about Safeline, our resources and also about the issues of domestic and sexual violence. We frequently need help with distributing poster, brochures, etc. throughout our area, and also with setting up and staffing tables or displays at area fairs and various community events.

Clerical or Computer Work - We often need help in our office with various clerical functions such as copying or collating materials, stuffing or addressing envelopes, maintaining our website, etc.

Building Maintenance - it is very useful to have someone help us with cleaning, mowing, small building repairs or various types of yard work.

Fundraising - At various times, we do fundraising events such as our Annual Appeal, raffles, etc. We also need help gathering signatures on petitions for town appropriation requests or in having representatives who could provide information about Safeline at the annual Town Meetings.

We would love to talk with you further about volunteering! Please contact Judy at (802) 685-7900, ext. 307 or at the email connection below.

 Services & Programs


If you would like to apply for, or already have a Relief From Abuse Order or an Order Against Sexual Assault and Stalking, please call Safeline's toll free number, 800-639-7233, for information about:

  • What type of order to apply for
  • How to apply for an order
  • What to bring to a hearing
  • What to expect at a hearing
  • ...and your specific questions


Granite United Way
Granite United Way approved a grant for Safeline’s “Support Through the Legal Maze” project. "Support Through the Legal Maze" provides guidance, information and advocacy that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking need when they go through the complicated court system. "Support Through the Legal Maze" provides vital services including referrals, assistance with filling out paper work and accompanying survivors to the sheriff's department and to court.

Safeline's Wishlist
Gas or food cards, diapers (small or large), toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, sponges, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, shovel, rake,weedwacker, copy paper, thank you cards, volunteers, volunteers, volunteers!



THIS INSTITUTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER. Domestic and sexual violence is also experienced by people with disabilities; or who are LGBTQ; or who are elderly; or who are immigrants or who have limited English proficiency. We encourage you all to call us.

Please note that replies to emails sent to may take 2 - 3 days for a response. To reach an advocate immediately, please call 1-800-639-7233.

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Chelsea, VT
phone: 802-685-7900

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