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

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Your Local Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency

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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. We are a 501(c)3.

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; Mary Norman, Tunbridge; Kathy Nelson, Randolph; Eileen Murphy, Vershire, and Lenora Kimball, Tunbridge

*If you are looking for services related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and do not live in Safeline's service area, visit The National Network To End Domestic Violence website to find your state coalition.*


This October, the National Network to End Domestic Violence will be addressing misconceptions about domestic violence. This year's campaign will challenge perceptions about domestic violence and survivors and igniting change - one conversation at a time.

Have you ever wondered what to say? Follow this section as we add suggestions during the month of October.

If you hear: "Online abuse isn't real abuse." Try saying: Online harassment is serious. 97% of programs report that abusers use technology to stalk, harass and control victims."

If you hear: "Domestic violence is a women's issue." Try saying: "Domestic violence affects everyone."

If you hear: "She should just change her number." Try saying: "Her ex is going to find a new way to harass her." Abusers need to be held accountable for all forms of abuse."

If you hear: "They seemed like such a nice couple." Try saying: "Domestic violence is often hidden. Believe survivors when they tell you they are being abused."

If you hear: "I'm not going to help them anymore until they are ready to leave for good." Try saying: "Survivors shouldn't have to leave to be supported. Abusers shouldn't be welcome until they stop the abuse."

If you hear: "She should have told me sooner." Try saying: "Survivors will tell you when they are ready. There are many reasons a survivor may choose not to disclose."

If you hear: "She was kind of asking for it." Try saying: "There is no excuse for domestic violence. No one deserves to be abused."

If you hear: Why don't victims just go offline?" Try saying: "Many of us live and work online. Survivors need to be able to stay safe and connected to their friends and families."

If you hear: "She should walk a different way to work so he can't find her so easily." Try saying: "Following your partner is stalking. More than 3/4 of domestic homicide victims were stalked before they were killed."

If you hear: "It's her fault for speaking out online." Try saying: "Women and girls should be safe using their voices online. We should listen to and support them."

If you hear: "Victims should just turn off their location devices." Try saying: "Monitoring your partner's location is stalking. 41% of programs report that abusers stalk victims using GPS."

If you hear: "Why don't victims leave?" Try saying: "Why do abusers choose to abuse?"

If you hear: "It doesn't seem like he's being abused." Try saying: "There are many forms of domestic violence. Trust survivors and believe them."

If you hear: "He said he was sorry." Try saying: "An apology does not change the behavior. Survivors deserve respect."

If you hear: "I don't want to get involved in a personal matter." Try saying: Talking about domestic violence helps end stigma and lets survivors know they are not alone."

If you hear: "She's probably lying." Try saying: "I believe her."

If you hear: "It was just a joke." Try saying: "Joking about rape or abuse makes it seem normal and acceptable. It's not."

If you hear: "They should make it work for the kids." Try saying: "Survivors know what's best for the kids. Respect and support their choices."

If you hear: "She just lost her temper." Try saying: "Abuse is a choice, not the result of anger."

If you hear: "If something happens again, I'll say something to her." Try saying: "Say something now. Victims need to know they are not alone and that help is available."

If you hear: "She deserved it." Try saying: "No one deserves abuse. Survivors deserve respect."

If you hear: "No one in my family would do that." Try saying: "An abuser can be a loving family member to you and still abuse the victim."

If you hear: "He was drunk and didn't mean it." Try saying: "Alcohol is no excuse for abuse."

Safeline Receives Grant from The Canaday Famly Charitable Trust

The Trustees of The Canaday Family Charitable Trust approved a one-year grant in the amount of $23,000.00 to Safeline, Inc. for workshops on "How Domestic Violence Affects Children and Youth."

"We are honored to have been chosen by The Canaday Family Charitable Trust to provide workshops for teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, librarians, coaches, and youth leaders" says Linda Ingold, Safeline's Executive Director. "Workshop information will increase awareness of how domestic violence affects children, how to identify signs that a child may be experiencing violence within their home, and how to support a child or teen that is living in a domestic violence situation." Safeline provides prevention education and comprehensive support for survivors in Orange County and northern Windsor County. Safeline staff members will offer workshops to schools, faith communities and youth groups. Ingold continues, "The Canaday Family Charitable Trust's financial assistance is critical for helping adult gain insight into how violence affects a child emotionally, behaviorally, physically, socially and cognitively."

A primary purpose of The Canaday Family Charitable Trust is to encourage and support not-for-profit organizations that work in Vermont to improve the lives of children and families. The foundstion funds innovative programs that seek to significantly improve the lives of children.

For information about scheduling a workshop on "How Domestic Violence Affects Children and Youth", please contact Justina Kenyon, Safeline's Domestic Violence Empowerment Coordinator, at 802-685-7900, ext. 309 or

Safeline Recieves Funding from Granite United Way for "Support Through the Legal Maze."

Granite United Way's Board of Directors and local volunteers recently announced their community investments for 2016. Among those selected were Safeline, Inc. for "Support Through the Legal Maze."

Safeline is honored to be funded with an $11,000.00 grant through this competitive process. Volunteers in each of Granite United Way's regions dedicated hundreds of hours to the process. Safeline, Inc. will align with their investment decisions by United Way's impact areas of Health, Legal and Safety.

"We are honored to have been chosen by Granite United Way as we provide legal advocacy and support services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking," says Linda Ingold, Safeline's Executive Director. "Victims needs guidance, information and advocacy as they go through the complex legal system. 'Support through the Legal Maze' will provide vital legal services including referrals, assistance filing out legal paperwork, and accompanying survivors in court." Safeline provides comprehensive support and legal advocacy for survivors on Orange County and northern Windsor County. Safeline staff members assist as survivors work through a crisis, counsel them as they move forward beyond their immediate emergency situations and support them after the crisis. Ingold continues, "Granite United Way's financial assistance is critical for improving the health and safety of families in our area."

Each year Granite United Way's Request for Qualification and Proposal process opens in the fall. Agencies are invited to apply for funding and the investment announcements are made in the spring, following the annual campaign.

"Our Board of Directors and volunteer teams spend a tremendous amount of time in the process of making these critical investment decision," said Patrick Tufts, president and CEO of Granite United Way. "We are proud to partner with agencies like Safeline, Inc. because their work aligns with our community's most pressing needs."

Granite United Way is an experienced and trusted organization dedicated to leveraging the resources of investors and volunteers to create lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of our community's most pressing needs. Granite United Way is committed to improving the lives of individuals and families by supporting programs in the areas of education, income and health. Granite United Way works with over 1, 000 companies, 25,000 investors and thousands of volunteers every year to make our communities a better place. Granite United Way holds distinguished recognitions by both GuideStar and Charity Navigator, nationally known charity evaluators. For more information on Granite United Way, please visit their link in the Links section in the left margin of this page.


Did you know that you can safely make a credit card donation to Safeline through Paypal? A link to Paypal appears on the left hand side of this page. 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.

Events & Opportunities

The Task Force will meet on the first Wednesday each month, staggering the meeting location between Chelsea and Randolph. Please mark your calendar and join us at the meetings.

The next meeting is: Wednesday, November 2nd from 3:00pm - 4:30pm at Safeline's office in Chelsea. The public is welcome. Auburn Watersong, Associate Director of Public Policy at the Vermont Network, will speak about the upcoming legislative session. Please let us know if you have an item to add to the agenda.

For more information about the Task Force or for directions to either of the meeting sites, please call Judy at 802-685-7900 ext. 307.


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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