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October 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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Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

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Futures Without Violence

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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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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!


Watch this page during October for frequent updates of information about domestic violence and for action steps we can take for domestic violence prevention and to support survivors.

Did you know? According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Domestic violence doesn't stay at home when victims go to work. Nationally, 1 in 5 employed adults is the victim of domestic violence. 1 in 4 employees reports working with a co-worker who has been a victim of domestic violence. 74% of employed victims say they are harassed by their partner at work. 94% of corporate security directors and 78% of human resources professionals consider domestic violence a workplace issue. 4 out of 5 employees believe workplaces can make a difference by addressing domestic violence in the workplace. Employers can play an important role in providing clear guidelines and a supportive workplace by implementing model practices and policies that respond to domestic violence. Please contact Safeline, 802-685-7900, ext 307, for additional information. We have trainings and resources available for employers.

Court statistics show that children are present during domestic or intimate partner violence is 36% of cases. The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study revealed that children exposed to adverse experiences. such as witnessing their mother being abused, may have lifelong health consequences. For ways to support the resiliency of children who have been exposed to batterers, please call Safeline at 1-800-639-7233.

Did you know? During the 2014 national Domestic Violence Census Day, Vermont domestic violence programs answered 101 hotline calls.

What you can do if your friend is being abused: Help your friend recognize the abuse. Point out different types of abuse and encourage your friend to call Safeline for support, 1-800-639-7233. Express your concerns. Tell your friend you are glad they confided in you. Let them know you are sorry this is happening to them. Support your friend's strength. Help your friend to see that they are not to blame for the control and violence and that changing their behavior will not stop the abuse. Help your friend recognize the abuser's excuses for being violent. Be accepting and non-judgemental. Tell your friend you are worried for their safety. Let your friend know you are there for them. Do not become upset if your friend is not ready to break off the relationship or returns to the relationship. Try to see that your friend is dealing with very difficult emotions - love and security from a partner, parenting, financial security, housing for themselves and their children and fear of the abuse. They are decisions that only the victim can make. Understand that they may need to return to the batterer to be safe. The most dangerous time for the partner of an abuser is after they have left the relationship. Work on a safety plan. Help your friend think of ways to be safe. Be there - listen - and stay there! Keep supporting your friend. It takes time to safely leave and get over any relationship, especially an abusive one. Keep educating yourself on dating/domestic violence issues. Talk with Safeline for more information or ideas.

During the last fiscal year, Safeline provided services to 434 individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking.

From Allstate's Purple Purse website: What is financial abuse? Financial abuse prevents victims from acquiring, using or maintaining financial resources. Financial abuse is just as effective in controlling a victim as a lock and key. Abusers employ isolating tactics such as preventing their spouse or partner from working or accessing a bank, credit card or transportation. They might monitor and restrict their partner's spending. Victims of financial abuse live a controlled life where they have been purposely put in a position of dependence, making it hard for the victim to break free. In 98% of all domestic violence cases, financial abuse helps keep victims trapped in the abusive relationship.

Did you know? 25 -33% of LGBTQ people are abused by a partner.

How faith communities can make a difference. * Create an environment that makes survivors feel supported and hold abusers accountable. Let survivors know to whom they can reach out. Print the domestic and sexual violence hotline number as a regular feature in your bulletins. * Have brochures, books and other resources on domestic violence available for both clergy and members of the congregation. * Support special education for faith leaders about domestic violence and local services. * Speak out about domestic violence in sermons. Include victims and abusers in prayers (not by name). Set aside a regular worship day to focus on domestic violence. For example, this could be during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. * Include education about domestic and dating violence in pre-marriage counseling and in youth education. * Build and maintain relationships with your local domestic and sexual violence program. Ask them to do presentations, find out how to make effective referrals, offer support to local programs, participate in awareness activities or your local task force.


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.

Events & Opportunities

The next meeting of the Orange County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force will be Wednesday, October 7th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at CapStone's office in Randolph. Our guest speaker will be Orange County Sheriff William Bohnyak who will adddress a variety of topics. 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.

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Chelsea, VT
phone: 802-685-7900

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