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Linda, Executive Director
Judy, Educator/Office & Volunteer Coordinator
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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, Sandra Spiegel, Corinth; Amy Peberdy, Corinth; Louise Barreda, Tunbridge; Ginny West, Tunbridge. Holly Benoir, Braintree and Mary Norman, Tunbridge


Dear Neighbor,

Do you remember earlier this fall when everyone was talking about domestic violence? Thank you National Football League! The NFL debacle came along just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It seems odd, however maybe not surprising, how a single infamous celebrity incident can bring an incident into public conversation. Did you know that Safeline helps at least one victim of domestic violence each day?

Safeline is striving to end to end domestic and sexual violence in Orange and northern Windsor Counties. We do this with our 24-hour hotline which receives calls seven days each week. We provided 2,962 services for 417 victims last year. These services included 641 incidents of legal advocacy, 484 crisis interventions, helping to create 441 safety plans, 426 hotline calls, financial education and housing advocacy.

We also provided food, diapers, coats, mittens and other necessities to mothers and their children who have experienced domestic violence. We helped pay for car repairs so women could travel to their jobs and provided 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. Safeline and the Orange County Sheriff's Department talk with teens in a workshop entitled, "Do You Know Who You Are Talking To? The Realities of Social Media." 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, social groups, and at any other opportunity we are offered. Education and awareness are primary to instilling respect for others and for ourselves. We held four Community Forums in the past year where people practiced how to be a proactive bystander to assist their neighbor.

Individuals give to organizations like Safeline to help make a difference. We need the support of our local communities in order to continue prevention education and support services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

We ask that you help make a difference by making a donation to Safeline. Please see our PayPal link in the left margin to make a safe, tax-deductible donation or send a check payable to Safeline to P.O. Box 368, Chelsea, VT 05038.

With sincere thanks,

Linda Ingold, Executive Director


This year, as you hang the twinkling lights and decorate your mantel with sprigs of holly, remember that not everyone has gotten the message that it is a season of peace. Please click the link in the left jand colum to read the rest of this compelling article from


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 Wireless, which has a Hope-Line phone recycling program, recently presented a $5,000.00 contribution to Safeline. Michael Murphy from Verizon Wireless presented the check to Linda Ingold, Executive Director, and Sue Perrault, Advocate.

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.

STOP THE VIOLENCE VT follow the link at the left side of the page for information about a new initiative by Vermont law enforcement.

Stalking is a strategy often used by abusers against their partners or ex-partners. According to the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. For more information about stalking, please click on the Stalking Awareness Month link at left which will bring you to the Stalking Resource Center.

Did you know? In the United States, at least 3.3. million children between the ages of 3 and 19 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.

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

Did you know? In the last fiscal year, the member programs of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (including Safeline) provided services to at least 1171 people living with disabilities.

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 resource professionals consider domestic violence a critical 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 and productive workplace by implementing model practices and policies that respond to domestic violence. Please contact Safeline for additional information. We have trainings and resources available for employers.

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IS PREVENTABLE. Go to the link at left to check out the website for Prevent IPV tools for social change. Primary prevention attempts to change the attitudes and policies that contribute to violence and cultivate those that support healthy and safe relationships. This is social change work.

WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOUR FRIEND IS BRING ABUSED: Help your friend recognize the abuse. Point out the different types of abuse and encourage your friend to call Safeline for information and support. Express your concerns. Tell your friend that 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 about 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 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 abuser. 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 along time to safely leave and get over any relationship, especially one that is abusive. Keep educating yourself on domestic/dating issues. Talk with Safeline for more information or ideas.

Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of "Crazy Love" offers a compelling presentation, "Why domestic violence victims don't leave." The link appears at left.

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

On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

Did you know? According to the 2013 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 9% of high school students reported being physically hurt by someone they were dating or going out with.

The Youth Advocacy Taskforce of the Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence has a blog that has great information for adults with children and teens in their lives. Judy, Safeline's Educator, has just entered a blog post with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in mind. Please see the link at left.

Financial abuse impacts many survivors of domestic violence. To learn more, please go to the Allstate Purple Purse link at left. Safeline is grateful for the support of the Allstate Foundation.

SAFELINE WILL PRESENT AN INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY FORUM ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION. The public is invited to a Community Forum on Thursday, October 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Cafeteria at Oxbow High School, 36 Oxbow Drive, Bradford, VT 05033. This will be an interactive workshop with options for role-playing, activities, helpful responses and strategies you can use, answers to your questions and discussion. Presenters will include Heather Holter, Coordinator of the Vermont Council on Domestic Violence; Tracy Penfield, Founding Director of SafeArt; and Judy Szeg and Justina Kenyon of Safeline. Please send your questions for the question and answer portion of the presentation to us by Oct.22nd at or on our Facebook page.

HOW FAITH COMMUNITIES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE Here are some things you could encourage your faith community to do:

  • 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 numbers 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 against domestic violence in sermons. Include victims and abusers in prayers. (not by name) Set aside a regular worship day, for example during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to focus on domestic violence.
  • 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? According to a study by the Center for Disease Control, 51.5% of victims who identified a need for housing services did not receive them.

Did you know? According to a study by the Center for Disease Control, women who have experienced domestic violence are 80 percent more likely to have a stroke, 70 percent more likely to have heart disease, 60 percent more likely to have asthma and 70 percent more likely to drink heavily than women who have not experienced intimate partner violence.

EMPOWERING GIRLS Domestic violence thrives in a culture that puts girls and women down. The "Run Like a Girl" video at left is an example of empowering, encouraging and inspiring young women. Thank you to Always.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, TRAUMA AND MENTAL HEALTH ARE OVERLAPPING ISSUES. For more information for advocates, professionals and the general public, please check out the website of the National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health. Their link appears in the column at left.

ANIMAL ABUSE IS A COMMON TACTIC OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. The American Humane Association reports that 71% of pet-owning women entering women"s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims. To learn more, visit the website of the American Humane Association.

IT IS PURPLE THURSDAY! Wear purple and talk to a friend, co-worker, neighbor or family member about why domestic violence is important to you!

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE MILITARY Did you know that: the frequency of domestic violence calls from people affiliated with the military from 2006 to 2011 more than tripled; numbers of Fort Carson, CO. soldiers charged with domestic violence between 2006 and 2009 rose more than 250 percent and domestic abuse in the army from 2003 to 2010 rose by 177 percent? The sources of this data are the Dept. of Justice, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the new York Tomes and the Dept. of Defense.

DID YOU KNOW? More than one in ten women over 50 suffers from physical, sexual or verbal abuse perpetrated by an intimate partner, according to The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

10 THINGS MEN CAN DO TO PREVENT GENDER VIOLENCE #1 Approach gender violence as A MEN'S issue involving men of all ages and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. View men not only as perpetrators or possible offenders, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers. #2 If a brother, friend, classmate or teammate is abusing his female partner--or is disrespectful or abusive to girls or women in general--don't look the other way. If you feel comfortable doing so, try to talk to him about it. Urge him to seek help. Or if you don't know what to do, consult a friend, parent, professor or counselor. #3 Have the courage to look inward. Question your own attitudes. Don't be defensive when something you do or say ends up hurting someone else. Try hard to understand how your own attitudes and actions might inadvertently perpetuate sexism and violence, and work toward changing them. #4 If you suspect that a woman close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted, gently ask if you can help. #5 If you are emotionally, psychologically, physically or sexually abusive to women, or have been in the past, seek professional help NOW. #6 Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of campus violence. Support the work of campus-based women's centers. Attend "Take Back the Night: rallies and other public events. Raise money for community-based rape crisis centers and battered women's shelters. If you belong to a team, fraternity or another student group, organize a fundraiser. #7 Recognize and speak out against homophobia and gay-bashing. Discrimination and violence against LGBTQ are wrong in and of themselves. This abuse also has direct links to sexism. (e.g. the sexual orientation of men who speak out against sexism is often questioned, a conscious or unconscious strategy intended to silence them. This is a key reason few men do speak out. #8 Attend programs, take courses, watch films and read books or articles about multicultural masculinities, gender inequality and the root causes of gender violence. #9 Don't fund sexism. Refuse to purchase any magazine, rent any video, subscribe to any website or buy any music that portrays girls or women in a degrading or abusive manner. #10 Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don't involve degrading or abusing girls and women. Material courtesy of MVP Strategies, Jackson Katz

MALE VICTIMS Although statistically an overwhelming majority of victims of domestic violence are female, males are victims as well. Domestic violence is often under-reported by females and likely is even more under-reported by males for many reasons including stereotypes about victimization. During the past fiscal year, the member programs of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (including Safeline) served 971 men.

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE and HIV - 55% of women living with HIV have experienced intimate partner violence, which is considerably higher than the national prevalence (36%) among women overall. NNEDV has launched a new resource toolkit called "Positively Safe" dealing with the intersection of HIV and domestic violence. You will find more info at the NNEDV website at the link in the left hand column.

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE AND PREGNANCY According to the Center for Disease Control, each year approximately 1 and a half million women in the United States report a rape or physical assault by an intimate partner. This number includes as many as 324,000 women who are pregnant when violence occurs. Abuse during pregnancy can have lasting harmful effects for a woman, the developing fetus and newborns.

As October draws to a close, we thank you for learning more about domestic violence at our website and Facebook page. Please continue to check in for frequent updates and more information. Are there topics related to domestic and sexual violence that you would like to know more about? Please let us know at

PROTECTION ORDER CLINICS Safeline is offering weekly clinics that address:

  • 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

Mondays from 1:30 - 2:30pm, starting September 15th. If you would like to apply for, or already have a Relief From Abuse Order or an Order Against Sexual Assualt and Stalking, please call or email Justina at Safeline for more information about the clinics, 802-685-7900, ext 309 Many thanks to Verizon for their generous support of this project.


We support the MFL's policy on domestic violence and its decision to suspend Ray Rice. We encourage the NFL to take a pro-active approach to preventing domestic violence perpetrated by NFL players and team staff, and to use its vast resources to support NFL families and the communities in which they live.

The video tape of Ray Rice assaulting his partner Janay is shocking in his violence and disregard for her well-being. The public does not often have this view of domestic violence. However, this video speaks the truth of victims' bruises and broken bones. We cannot forget the horror of this kind of physical violence. Most survivors of domestic violence do not have video footage of the terror they experience, but their stories are no less valid or valuable. We need to understand and learn from the stories of tens of thousands of survivors all around the country.

Many domestic violence survivors tell us that the emotional abuse and coercion by their abusive partners is even worse than the physical abuse. These victims survive day-to-day in conditions akin to being taken hostage.

Mr. Rice was charged with assault and placed in a diversion program. We need to ensure that state laws create appropriate responses to domestic and sexual violence and that criminal justice systems offer appropriate interventions which help abusers make important behavioral changes. Likewise, we as communities need to focus on holding perpetrators accountable for their behavior. Our focus must remain on the accountability of abusers and on supporting and believing survivors.

It is important to remember that Janay Palmer and Ray Rice are real people with friends and families and a child they share. We hope they are getting the support they each need at this difficult time.

This incident presents one more opportunity to engage in a national dialogue about domestic violence. There are many valuable resources for survivors and for community members to educate ourselves about what we can do. Please click on the links at the left hand margin of this page to connect with important information.

SAFELINE'S ANNUAL REPORT Safeline's Annual Report for the fiscal year from 7/1/13 - 6/30/14 is now available. Highlights include:

  • 417 individuals were served.
  • 2,962 services were provided. This included legal advocacy, crisis interventions, safety plans, financial education and housing advocacy.
  • Our volunteers donated over 2,200 hours, valued at $38,208.14
  • 74.35% of our budget reflects direct services.
  • Safeline offered three community forums addressing domestic violence and bystander intervention.
  • Town Appropriations raised $17,800.00.

SAVE THE DATE October 23rd from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Safeline will present an interactive forum focusing on prevention. This event will be held at Oxbow High School in Bradford. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


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.

FINANCIAL SAFETY PLAN - SAFETY THROUGH SAVINGS Economic abuse is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship. Do you worry about your security because of money? Come to Safeline for your Financial Safety Plan

  • Understand your options
  • Join matched savings program
  • Improve your credit
Please call Monique 802-685-7900 ext 308


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.


Gas or food cards, diapers (small or large), toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, sponges, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, lawn mower, shovel, rake, picnic table, weedwacker, copy paper, thank you cards, 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


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

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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