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
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Your Local Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency
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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
|OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH |
From the National Network to End Domestic Violence: 10 Tips to Have an Informed Conversation about Domestic Violence
1. NEVER VICTIM BLAME. Abuse is never the victim's fault. As a society, we continue to place blame on the victim by asking, "What did she do to deserve that?" or "What was she wearing?" or "Why was she there?" or "Why couldn't she just keep her knees together?" We must stop asking these questions of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
2. HOLD OFFENDERS ACCOUNTABLE. Holding offenders accountable can take many forms. If it is safe to do so, call offenders out on their abusive actions and impose social consequences, like telling them they're not welcome for family dinner or to hang out until their abusive behavior stops. Stop excusing their behavior with "boys will be boys" or "(the perpetrator) would never do something like that." Community accountability can make a significant impact.
3. CHALLENGE WIDELY-HELD PERCEPTIONS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Unfortunately, misconceptions about domestic violence persist - such as the notions that survivors can "just leave;" that heterosexual, cisgender women are the only victims; that domestic violence only includes physical violence; or thast domestic violence is a "private,family matter." Each one of these myths persists, despite our work to challenge these perceptions. Through NNEDV's #31n31 campaign in October 2016, we busted several of those myths - check out the full campaign on Pinterest.
HIGH HORSES SUPPORT GROUP
A free and confidential support group for survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking
This is a self-paced interactive women's group that provides a supportive environment to help build self-confidence. You may have the opportunity to ride a horse while being around horses and their care. No prior horse experience is necessary.
The group consists of seven sessions. As a way to foster safety and community, participants are required to attend all seven sessions.
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program at Schleicher Farm, 138 Horse Farm Road, Sharon, VT 05065
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If you would like to be part of this group, groups meet Thursdays: 10-12noon on October 19th, November 2nd, 16th 30th, December 7th, 14th &21st. Helping women build their individual strengths while encouraging resiliency.
For more information or to participate in this group, call Sue Perreault at 802-685-7900 X306.
VERMONT CRIME VICTIM FORUMS
Have you been impacted by crime in Vermont? We want to hear from you!
The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services is hosting a series of forums around Vermont to provide an opportunity for all victims and survivors of crime, including business owners and family members, to share their experiences in the criminal justice system. Our goal is to ensure Vermont's system is fair, accountable, and responsive to victim needs. Local stakeholders and service providers will be on hand to listen and provide support.
You can also participate by sending comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. What did you appreciate about your experience? How do you wish the system could change to better meet your needs and the needs of your community?
You can learn more about CCVS and the free services we provide at www.ccvs.vermont.gov.
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,
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.
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ORANGE COUNTY DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE TASK FORCE
The next meeting is: Wednesday, November 1st from 3:00pm - 4:30pm at Sasfeline's office in Chelsea. Topic TBA
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
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.
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JOB READINESS, EDUCATION & FINANCIAL SERVICES
To learn more, please call Justina, our Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Coordinator, at 802-685-7900, ext. 309
PROTECTION ORDER ASSISTANCE
Granite United Way
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!
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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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