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Staff

Members:
Linda, Executive Director
Judy, Educator/Office & Volunteer Coordinator
Monique, Economic Justice Advocate
Sue, Legal Advocate

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STALKING AWARENESS MONTH

NATIONAL CENTER FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

RAPE, ABUSE & INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK

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Your Local Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency

THIS INSTITUTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER, AND EMPLOYER.

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, Sandra Spiegel, Corinth; Amy Peberdy, Corinth; Louise Barreda, Tunbridge and Ginny West, Tunbridge

 
 

MANY THANKS TO THE V-DAY PARTICIPANTS Safeline would like to thank the Vermont Law School's Chapters of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Black Law Students Association and the cast, crew and behind-the-scenes helpers who presented the outstanding V-Day Event on Saturday, March 1st. The presentation began with a poem by Lara Maierhofer, followed by excerpts from Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf and Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. Thank you so much for your time, creativity and dedication in raising consciousness about these important issues and for fundraising on our behalf.

ANNUAL APPEAL

Dear Neighbor,

Did you know that in August, a woman was murdered in Fairlee, Orange County? She was one of our neighbors - you may or may not have known her. You might not be aware that women you know are being emotionally and physically abused.

Five women were murdered in domestic violence situations this summer in Vermont. In October, a 28 year old man sexually assaulted a teenage girl in Orange County.

Recently, a 34 year old mother of two fled her home to get away from her abusive husband. She feared he would carry out his threats to start hitting the children. She could tolerate his pushing and punching her, however she couldn't take the chance of him starting in on the kids.

In Vermont, 50% of female homicide victims are killed by their male partners. The leading cause of death for pregnant women is homicide by their husbands.

These are harsh statistics; it's easier to turn aside than face the difficult facts. However, work is being done to deter violence and to support survivors.

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

To help victims, we provide a 24 hour hotline 7 days a week. Trained advocates give emotional support and assist in creating individualized safety plans. The advocates meet victims at the hospital if medical attention is required. Legal advocates provide services including assistance filling out paper work and accompanying survivors to court and to the police station. We also provide referrals in addressing economic and housing needs. We conduct violence preventive education with schools, businesses and social groups.

Safeline will continue to work with survivors while, at the same time, work to make changes to reduce risks in your neighborhood.

You can help make a difference preventing domestic and sexual violence in your community. We are asking your support to sustain and grow Safeline's domestic and sexual violence prevention services. Please send a check to Safeline, P.O. Box 368, Chelsea, VT 05038 or visit: www.firstgiving.com/safeline to make a secure, tax-deductible donation.

Thank you for helping to prevent domestic and sexual violence in your neighborhood.

With sincere appreciation,

Linda Ingold

Executive Director

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE NEXT MEETING OF THE ORANGE COUNTY DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE TASK FORCE. CHANGE IN DATE AND LOCATION The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 29th from 5-7pm. It will be held in Randolph, location to be determined.

SAVE THE DATE! THE ANNUAL TAKE BACK THE NIGHT EVENT IN RECOGNITION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 21st NOTE DATE CHANGE ON THE VERMONT LAW SCHOOL CAMPUS. THE EVENT IS FROM 5:30 - 6:30PM IN THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM OR, IN THE CASE OF BAD WEATHER, IN THE HOFF LOUNGE IN OAKES HALL. PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING AND EMPOWERING VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE BY TAKING A STAND AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY.

SAVE THE DATE: SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION EVENT FOCUSING ON THE ROLE OF BYSTANDERS. SPONSORED BY SAFELINE. TUESDAY, APRIL 15th FROM 6:30 - 8:30PM at CHELSEA SCHOOL GYM, 6 SCHOOL STREET, CHELSEA,VT 05038 THIS WILL BE AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP WITH OPTIONS FOR ROLE PLAYING, "WHAT IF" SCENARIOS AND SKITS, HELPFUL RESPONSES AND STRATEGIES. PRESENTERS WILL BE BETHANY POMBAR, PREVENTION SPECIALIST, VERMONT NETWORK AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE; TRACY PENFIELD, DIRECTOR,SAFEART and JUDY SZEG, EDUCATOR, SAFELINE.

THANK YOU, TURTLE FUR AND VERIZON

Many thanks to Turtle Fur for their much appreciated contribution of warm hats, gloves, slippers, baby blankets and more for the survivors and families we assist. Many thanks,too, to Verizon for their generous donation to provide holiday gifts and support the needs of children who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. Your support makes a huge difference for these children.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.


SAFELINE'S WISHLIST

Gas or food cards, diapers (small or large), toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, sponges, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, lawn mower, shovel, rake, step ladder, picnic table, large dining room table/chairs for our conference room, weedwacker, copy paper, volunteers, volunteers, volunteers!


Interested in helping? Send us an email at the bottom of this site and we will get in touch with you! Thanks

 

NEW RESOURCES

Many survivors and community members may not be aware that Safeline has a number of books, videos and DVDs that may be borrowed. Some of our newest items are two books entitled IT'S MY LIFE NOW, Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence by Dugan & Hock and SURVIVING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, Voices of Women Who Broke Free edited by Elaine Weiss, Ed.D.



INFORMATION ABOUT DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE Want to learn more about these issues? Check out our links section on the left side
 

DID YOU KNOW....

    One in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing domestic violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.
    74% of women experiencing domestic violence are harassed by their partner at work.
    In a recently published report, Vermont ranks second in the nation for men killing women.
    Women of all ages are at risk for domestic and sexual violence, and those age 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk of experiencing nonfatal intimate partner violence.
    For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, Safeline staff and volunteers worked with 1,096 different victims and fielded over 2,345 calls.
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Safeline is presenting an ongoing series of Economic Information Sessions for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, sponsored by the Allstate Foundation. Get help with Credit Repair, Budgeting, Investing, Resume Writing, Refinancing Debt and Much more. Please call for additional information and to register. (802) 685-7900


 

 
 

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