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November 2015
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Linda, Executive Director
Judy, Educator/Office & Volunteer Coordinator
Sue, Legal Advocate
Justina, DV Survivor Empowerment Coordinator
Amy, Advocate

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2013-2014 Annual Report

National Sexual Violence Resource Center


Vermont Law School

Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Pride Center VT/SafeSpace

Futures Without Violence

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Fairlee Marine

Youth Advocacy Task Force blog

Allstate Foundation


National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma & MH

Vermont Comedy Divas

Avon Foundation

Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation

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Your Local Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency

SAFETY ALERT: Computer use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely clear. If you are in danger, use a safer computer or call our hotline at 1-800-NEWSAFE. 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.

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; Amy Peberdy, Corinth; Mary Norman, Tunbridge; Shelley Dimick, Randolph; and Kathy Nelson, Randolph

Updates and Information 

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Dear Neighbor,

When friends ask me, "How do you like your job?" I don't know what to say. What they often mean is, "How is it working for an organization that deals with issues people don't want to talk about?" It is easy for me to reply with stories about the unending dedication and expertise if the Safeline staff. I like to talk about the volunteers who willingly give their time. I venture on the topic of the challenges of raising funds for issues individuals may not know very much about and don't know how to discuss.

Should I tell them that stories of the Special Investigations Unit sadden me and domestic violence angers me? I am very glad that Safeline is in the community helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. However, I am concerned with teen dating violence and the culture of violence. I am thankful we have advocates who go to court and assist with complicated paperwork, but lack of funding to help survivors improve their lives frustrates me. I am encouraged by funders and individuals who recognize the importance of financially supporting Safeline's work and I get excited with creative ways to promote prevention education. At other times, it is hard to find justice.

Safeline is dedicated to ending physical, emotional and sexual violence. We offer free and confidential services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Orange and northern Windsor Counties. Safeline's services are available to all victims regardless of gender, however our mission reflects the fact that the majority of domestic and sexual violence is perpetrated against women and girls.

Trained Safeline advocates give emotional support and assist in creating individualized safety plans. To help victims in crisis, we provide our 24 hour hotline which receives calls 7 days a week. We provided 3,284 services for 434 victims last year. These services included 640 sessions of legal advocacy, 438 crisis interventions through hotline calls, and the creation of 441 safety plans, along with financial education and housing advocacy. Legal advocates assisted filling out complicated legal paperwork and accompanied survivors to court. We also provided food, diapers, coats, mittens, and other necessities to mothers and their children who have experience domestic violence. We helped pay for car repairs so women could travel to their jobs and gave other emergency funds.

In our efforts to prevent domestic and sexual violence, we are attempting to educate teens about healthy relationships early in their social development. Too many teens have no clue about the potential harm that could befall them as a result of relationships initiated online. We give presentations to schools, faith groups, and social groups. Education and awareness are primary to instilling respect for others and for one's self.

With all the conflicting feelings that come with working in the field of domestic and sexual violence, sometimes I think I should just say my job is fine, and let it go at that. However, our community needs to know about the important work Safeline does and the struggles victims face. So I encourage you to take the information in this letter to heart and do what you can to support Safeline and the victims we serve.

We are asking for your support to sustain and grow Safeline's domestic and sexual violence prevention. Please visit our PayPal link at to make a secure, tax-deducatible donation or, if you prefer, mail a check to Safeline at P.O. Box 368, Chelsea, VT 05038. We ask that you help make a difference by making a donation to Safeline.

With sincere appreciation,

Linda Ingold

SPECIAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! Safeline needs volunteers to collect petition signatures for our town appropriation requests in Newbury and Williamstown. For further information, please contact Judy at (802) 685-7900, ext 307 or at Thank you!


Did you know that you can safely make a credit card donation to Safeline through Paypal? A link to Paypal appears in the links section on the left hand side of this page. We appreciate your support!

A NEW WAY TO DONATE TO SAFELINE! Through the AMAZON SMILE program, Amazon will donate a % of an Amazon purchase to Safeline. If you are an Amazon shopper, please use the link in the left hand Links column to help support Safeline.

PICNIC TABLE DONATION? As you are putting away your yard furniture for the season, 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.

Safeline's 2014-2015 Annual Report
Events & Opportunities

The next meeting of the Orange County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force will be Wednesday, November 4th from 3pm - 4:40pm at Safeline's office in Chelsea. Our guests will be members of the DCF DV Unit. Light refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend.


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 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 Avon Foundation for Women and 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
Many thanks to Verizon for their generous support of this project.


Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation
Safeline is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation for a new project, "Education on the Road." This project will take domestic and sexual violence prevention education and support services information to communities using their local library as a resource center. Safeline will set up displays and information tables at each library within our service area. We will also offer one-to-one advocacy plus group presentations at the libraries. Many thanks to the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation!

Allstate Foundation
The Allstate Foundation announced that Safeline is one of the Vermont recipients of their Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant. This grant focuses effort on asset building and financial education through matched savings programs for survivors designed in partnership with Opportunities Credit Union. The funding will also ensue trained and supportive staff services are available to assist victims with job-readiness skill building, credit repair, banking and budgeting.

Verizon Foundation
Verizon Wireless, which has a HopeLine phone recycling program, recently presented a $5,000.00 contribution to Safeline. This grant helps Safeline provide legal advocacy services.

Granite United Way
Granite United Way approved a grant for Safeline’s “4 Safety & Security” project. This funding will help increase economic security for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through intensive one-to-one individualized financial education, planning, support and job readiness training to help survivors become more self-sufficient.

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.

 SAFELINE, INC. 1-800-NEWSAFE, 1-800-639-7233
Chelsea, VT
phone: 802-685-7900

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