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Board & Staff

Felicity Swayze, Chair, Tunbridge
Kathy Nelson, Randolph
Eileen Murphy, Vershire
Lenora Kimball, Tunbridge
Linda, Executive Director
Judy, Educator/Office & Volunteer Coordinator
Sue, Legal Advocate
Justina, DV Survivor Empowerment Coordinator

Links Section

Teen DV Month

Vermont Judiciary

2015-2016 Annual Report

Youth Advocacy Task Force Youth Survey

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

Youth Advocacy Task Force blog

Allstate Foundation


National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma & MH

Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation

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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, and Lenora Kimball, Tunbridge

*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.*



One in three young people experience dating violence in their lives. This year's theme is "Healthy Me, Healthy We." In a healthy relationship, each person has the opportunity to thrive.For more information or for support, please contact Safeline, 1-800-639-7233. Also, please see the link in the left margin.

Will you wear orange for love? Please wear orange to raise awareness about teen dating violence on February 13th. This is a national campaign started by young people at and is carried on every year.


The annual presentation of The Vagina Monologues will be held on Friday, February 16th at the Chase Community Center on the campus of Vermont Law School, 164 Chelsea Street, South Royalton, VT 05068. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $5.00 at the door or in advance at This event benefits Safeline!


Dear Safeline Friend,

2017 has been a complicated year nationally and in our own backyard. While we are affected by global crises, we can effect change most readily on a local level. Safeline is doing exactly that - every day throughout Orange and northern Windsor counties we provide prevention and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Safeline provided 2,251 free and confidential services this year. These services were provided for 362 victims and their support people - victims who are your neighbors. Safeline strives to end physical, emotional and sexual violence. While we provide services for both women and men, our mission statement reflects the fact that the majority of domestic violence and sexual abuse is perpetrated against women and children.

Trained Safeline advocates give emotional support and helped create 312 individualized safety plans. Services included 398 sessions of legal advocacy with assistance filling out complicated legal paper work and accompanying survivors to court. 280 crisis interventions were provided (many through our 24 hour 7 days a week hotline), along with financial advocacy and housing advocacy.

Safeline advocates provided a particularly vital service in conjunction with the Orange County Special Investigations Unit/Child Advocacy Center. When a child, youth, or an adult goes to the SIU/CAC for an investigative interview regarding the possibility that sexual abuse and/or serious physical abuse has occurred, advocates provide crucial support and services for the victim and their family. We provided safety planning and support services for 66 adult (25 women and 3 men) and 38 children (32 girls and 6 boys) while interviews were conducted.

As part of our outreach efforts, staff and Board members determined that we would like a new logo. We kept the ideas from the previous logo which were working together, diversity and teamwork with community. We wanted a redesigned logo that would convey a feeling of safety and inclusion. Our new logo is dynamic, showing forward motion to the survivors we assist. This logo will become a recognizable identity that people will associate with Safeline's mission of advocacy, prevention, education and social change.

We believe that prevention is critically important to prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse; therefore, we are working to educate teens about healthy relationships early in their social development. Education and awareness are primary to instilling respect for others and for self.

We ask for your help as we work to grow and sustain Safeline's domestic and sexual violence prevention and support services. Please visit our PayPal link at (also under the link below) to make a secure, tax-deductible donation. Or you may send a check made out to Safeline, Inc. to P.O. Box 368, Chelsea, VT 05038. Please help make a positive change by making a donation.

With sincere appreciation,

Linda Ingold

Executive Director

Vermont Network Youth Advocacy Task Force Survey

The Youth Advocacy Task Force (YATF) would feedback from youth in Vermont. What issues do you see impacting youth in your community, school or home? What suggestions do you have to address or solve these concerns? Please take the survey located in the links page at left. Thank you!

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.

PICNIC TABLE DONATION? Do you have a picnic table you may not want anymore? Safeline would be glad to have it and would put a plaque on it honoring the donor! Call 685-7900.

Events & Opportunities

The Task Force will meet on the first Wednesday each month.

The next meeting is: Wednesday, March 7th from 3:00pm - 4:30pm at a Randolph location to be determined. The topic will be teen dating violence awareness. We will invite area youth to this meeting and ask them to inform us about their perspectives on teen dating. What do they see happening among their peers? Is there a way to spread information to teens about healthy relationships and how could the Task Force support that? Please invite youth that you may know to the meeting and let us know if they plan to attend. The public is welcome.

For more information about the Task Force or for directions to a meeting location, please call Judy at 802-685-7900 ext. 307.

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

Meet one-to-one with Safeline's Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Coordinator to:

  • Develop a resume
  • Create a budget
  • Strengthen job readiness skills
  • Locate financing options for education
  • Set financial goals

To learn more, please call Justina, our Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Coordinator, at 802-685-7900, ext. 309
Project funded by the Allstate Foundation.

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


Allstate Foundation
The Allstate Foundation announced that Safeline is one of the Vermont recipients of their Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant. This grant focuses on asset building and financial education. The funding will ensure trained and supportive staff services are available to assist victims with job-readiness skill building, credit repair, banking and budgeting.

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, picnic table, 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.

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