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Board & Staff

BOARD
Felicity Swayze, Chair, Tunbridge
Kathy Nelson, Randolph
Eileen Murphy, Vershire
Lenora Kimball, Tunbridge
STAFF
Linda, Executive Director
Judy, Educator/Office & Volunteer Coordinator
Sue, Legal Advocate
Justina, DV Survivor Empowerment Coordinator

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Vermont Judiciary

2015-2016 Annual Report

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Facebook

Vermont Law School

Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Pride Center VT/SafeSpace

Futures Without Violence

Prevent IPV

Fairlee Marine

Youth Advocacy Task Force blog

Allstate Foundation

NNEDV

National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma & MH

Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation

Granite United Way
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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; 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.*


 
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH 

From the National Network to End Domestic Violence: 10 Tips to Have an Informed Conversation about Domestic Violence

1. NEVER VICTIM BLAME. Abuse is never the victim's fault. As a society, we continue to place blame on the victim by asking, "What did she do to deserve that?" or "What was she wearing?" or "Why was she there?" or "Why couldn't she just keep her knees together?" We must stop asking these questions of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

  • ASK: How can we shift the culture away from blaming the victim, and instead blame the perpetrator? Why does the abuser choose the abuse?
  • RESPOND: Believe, support and trust survivors. Instead of second guessing their experiences, let's rightfully place the responsibility on abusers and perpetrators to end the abuse. Domestic violence is rooted in power and control.

2. HOLD OFFENDERS ACCOUNTABLE. Holding offenders accountable can take many forms. If it is safe to do so, call offenders out on their abusive actions and impose social consequences, like telling them they're not welcome for family dinner or to hang out until their abusive behavior stops. Stop excusing their behavior with "boys will be boys" or "(the perpetrator) would never do something like that." Community accountability can make a significant impact.

  • ASK: How can we hold offenders accountable and support survivors?
  • RESPOND: Tell the perpetrator that their behavior is abuse. Healthy relationships are rooted in equality, respect and nonviolence.

3. CHALLENGE WIDELY-HELD PERCEPTIONS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Unfortunately, misconceptions about domestic violence persist - such as the notions that survivors can "just leave;" that heterosexual, cisgender women are the only victims; that domestic violence only includes physical violence; or thast domestic violence is a "private,family matter." Each one of these myths persists, despite our work to challenge these perceptions. Through NNEDV's #31n31 campaign in October 2016, we busted several of those myths - check out the full campaign on Pinterest.

  • ASK: Why can't survivors "just leave?" Other than physical violence, what other forms of abuse can domestic violence take?"
  • RESPOND: Survivors must think about their own physical safety, financial security, the safety and welfare of their children and pets, potential housing and where they can "just leave" to, among myriad other issues. Domestic violence can include physical, financial, emotional, psychological, or sexual abuse.
4. VOICE THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS AN INTERSECTIONAL ISSUE. Domestic violence does not happen in a vacuum. Survivors experiencing domestic violence often experience other "-isms" (e.g. sexism, racism, classism, heteronormativism, etc.), compounding negative impacts on victims. Collectively, these -isms play a devastating role in perpetuating gender-based violence. In 2016, a study was released that found that there is racial bias in media coverage of celebrity domestic violence.
  • ASK: How do you think different oppressions and privileges affect survivors' experiences?
  • RESPOND: When coupled with other -isms, victims face additional barriers to safety.
5. UNDERSTAND THAT ABUSE IS ROOTED IN POWER AND CONTROL. Abuse is intentional. It is a myth that someone who abuses their partner is "out of control;" in fact, they are in good control (how often do they "lose control" at work? With a friend? With other family members?) and purposely choose tactics to control their partner. Power is hard to give up or share, and abusive actions are purposeful with the goal of gaining powere and control over a partner.
  • ASK: What do you think are common ways that offenders use power and control over victims?
  • RESPOND: Strategically isolating victims is a common tactic to gain power and control over a victim. Perpetrators may trap their partners by withholding, lying about or hiding financial assets, a form of financial abuse.
6. TRUST THE SURVIVOR'S PERSPECTIVE. Survivors know their experience and story better than anyone. Taking a survivor-centered approach empowers survivors by prioritizing their needs and wants. Often, abusers deny their partners' self-determination; empowering survivors returns their control and enables them to make their own decisions.
  • ASK: In what ways can we support survivors in making their own decisions about how to address abuse?
  • RESPOND: Listen! Ask survivors what they need to individually be safe - there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing domestic violence.
7. QUESTION THE WAY THE MEDIA PORTRAYS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Within the last few years there have been a number of highly publicized cases of domestic violence. While raising awareness is important, it's crucial to look at domestic violence reporting through a critical and trauma-informed lens to make sure the portrayal of domestic violence is accurately rooted in the realities of survivors' experiences.
  • ASK: What have you thought about recent media coverage of celebrity domestic violence cases?
  • RESPOND: Survivors in highly publicized cases of domestic violence deserve the same respect as any person experiencing abuse. First and foremost, we must believe survivors, continue to hold celebrity offenders accountable, and keep in mind that everyone's story is their own and unique.
8. COMMUNICATE THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NOT a "PRIVATE, FAMILY MATTER." One in three women will be a victim of domestic or sexual violence at some point in her lifetime, and each day an average of three women die at the hands of someone who claimed to love them. Domestic violence affects us all; victims are our family members, neighbors, coworkers and friends. All of us - women, children, and men - must be part of the solution.
  • ASK: Do you know anyone who has been affected by domestic violence? How did you support them?
  • RESPOND: Domestic violence affects each and every one of us. Violence is not the answer, and it's on us to take a stand against domestic violence.
Follow this space as additional tips are added!

HIGH HORSES SUPPORT GROUP

A free and confidential support group for survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

This is a self-paced interactive women's group that provides a supportive environment to help build self-confidence. You may have the opportunity to ride a horse while being around horses and their care. No prior horse experience is necessary.

The group consists of seven sessions. As a way to foster safety and community, participants are required to attend all seven sessions.

High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program at Schleicher Farm, 138 Horse Farm Road, Sharon, VT 05065

Facilitated by :

  • Sue Perreault, Safeline
  • Susanne Haseman, Equine Specialist, Therapist
  • Sue Miller, Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  • Sharon Wilsie, Horse Speak

If you would like to be part of this group, groups meet Thursdays: 10-12noon on October 19th, November 2nd, 16th 30th, December 7th, 14th &21st. Helping women build their individual strengths while encouraging resiliency.

For more information or to participate in this group, call Sue Perreault at 802-685-7900 X306.

VERMONT CRIME VICTIM FORUMS

Have you been impacted by crime in Vermont? We want to hear from you!

The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services is hosting a series of forums around Vermont to provide an opportunity for all victims and survivors of crime, including business owners and family members, to share their experiences in the criminal justice system. Our goal is to ensure Vermont's system is fair, accountable, and responsive to victim needs. Local stakeholders and service providers will be on hand to listen and provide support.

You can also participate by sending comments to: victimfeedback@ccvs.vermont.gov. What did you appreciate about your experience? How do you wish the system could change to better meet your needs and the needs of your community?

You can learn more about CCVS and the free services we provide at www.ccvs.vermont.gov.

Safeline is excited to announce our new logo!

This new look reflects our ongoing mission as we strive to end domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Orange and northern Windsor counties. As we worked with Linda Mirabile from RavenMark, Inc., a central Vermont graphic design and communications firm, we needed a redesigned logo that would convey a feeling of safety and inclusion for the survivors we serve. We also wanted to show how Safeline works collaboratively with other organizations for a sense of network and community.

The final logo design is suggestive of a quilt pattern (safety, comfort) with overlapping lines (networking) and rounded diamonds (community, people). The pattern does not say violence or abuse but rather is meant to convey a positive image of what Safeline does to help support and heal those we serve.

The new image is dynamic, showing forward motion similar to the survivors Safeline assists. We are pleased that this logo will become a recognizable identity that people will associate with Safeline’s mission of advocacy, prevention, education and social change.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Safeline's mission,
Linda Ingold, Executive Director


DONATE TO SAFELINE

Did you know that you can safely make a credit card donation to Safeline through Paypal? 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

ORANGE COUNTY DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE TASK FORCE
The Task Force will meet on the first Wednesday each month.

The next meeting is: Wednesday, November 1st from 3:00pm - 4:30pm at Sasfeline's office in Chelsea. Topic TBA

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

To view minutes from previous OC Task Force meetings, click here.



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, small building repairs 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
SERVICES

JOB READINESS, EDUCATION & FINANCIAL SERVICES
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 the Allstate Foundation.

PROTECTION ORDER ASSISTANCE
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


PROGRAMS

Allstate Foundation
The Allstate Foundation announced that Safeline is one of the Vermont recipients of their Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant. This grant focuses on asset building and financial education. The funding will ensure trained and supportive staff services are available to assist victims with job-readiness skill building, credit repair, banking and budgeting.

Granite United Way
Granite United Way approved a grant for Safeline’s “Support Through the Legal Maze” project. "Support Through the Legal Maze" provides guidance, information and advocacy that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking need when they go through the complicated court system. "Support Through the Legal Maze" provides vital services including referrals, assistance with filling out paper work and accompanying survivors to the sheriff's department and to court.

 
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!


 
 



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