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Board & Staff

Felicity Swayze, Chair, Tunbridge
Kathy Nelson, Randolph
Eileen Murphy, Vershire
Lenora Kimball, Tunbridge
Maureen Moriarty, Tunbridge
Hannah Elle Lane, Braintree
Linda Ingold, Executive Director
Judy Szeg, Educator/Office & Volunteer Coordinator
Sue Perreault, Legal Advocate
Justina Kenyon,DV Survivor Empowerment Coordinator

Links Section

Teen DV Month

Vermont Judiciary

2015-2016 Annual Report

Youth Advocacy Task Force Youth Survey

National Sexual Violence Resource Center


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


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; Lenora Kimball, Tunbridge; Maureen Moriarty, Tunbridge and Hannah Elle Lane, Braintree

*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.*

 Annual Pontoon Boat Day-Cruise Raffle Tickets are $10.00 each. $195.00 value. Additional terms apply. Mail a check with your return address and phone number to Safeline, Inc., P.O. Box 368, Chelsea, VT 05038. Drawing August 1st. Benefits Safeline, Inc. Thank you Fairlee Marine!


Safeline will be in attendance at several upcoming community events. We will be at the annual Chelsea Flea Market on Saturday, July 14th. Look for us there on the North Common, on the side nearest Route 110. Also on July 14th, there will be a sale tent benefiting Safeline at the Tunbridge Flea Market, Route 110, Tunbridge.

EVERY month is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Though April is now over, we are mindfully leaving the sexual assault information on the website a little longer. The issue of sexual assault is not something relevant to only one month during the year, but throughout the year.

The national theme this year is EMBRACE YOUR VOICE. Follow this space for additional information.

HOW YOU TALK ABOUT SEXUAL VIOLENCE MATTERS: The things you say every day send a message about your beliefs and values. When you stand up for survivors of sexual violence, you send a powerful message that you believe and support them.


  • Chances are someone you know is a survivor of sexual violence. They might not have told anyone out of fear of being blamed or judged.
  • If someone in your life is considering sharing something personal with you, they are likely listening to your opinions or attitudes for clues on how you will respond.
  • A comment or joke based on assumptions or stereotypes might not seem like a big deal, but it could make someone feel unsafe about sharing personal or painful things with you. For example: " I could never tell her what happened to me. She said if victims of sexual assault don't go to the police, then it wasn't serious."


  • Don't wait for a critical moment to say the right things. The words you choose every day communicate your values.
  • When you hear comments that blame victims or make light of sexual violence, speak up so others know you don't agree. Even if you don't have a perfect response, this show that you do not believe in stereotypes, you believe survivors and you are a safe person to talk to. For example: "That commercial made me uncomfortable. I don't know exactly why, but I think everyone should be treated with respect." or, "I don't think that's true - I believe people when they say that someone has hurt them."

EVERYDAY CONSENT People often think consent is only important when it comes to sex.


  • It is important to ask for consent before hugging, tickling, or other kinds of touch.
  • Ask sincerely so others understand that it is okay to say no.
  • For people who have experienced sexual abuse, any unexpected touch can be scary and traumatic. Others may just prefer more personal space.


  • Everyone has boundaries. Some people like to keep things about themselves private, while others are more open.
  • If someone shares personal information with you, it's important to ask what their boundaries are. For example: My cousin was assaulted and is afraid they will never feel okay again. Is it okay if I tell them that you're a survivor, too? It's all right if you are not comfortable with that."


  • Just like everyone has different boundaries about touch, everyone has different levels of comfort about sharing things online, like photos.
  • It is important to always ask before posting or tagging photos of someone on social media. For example: "This is a great picture of all of us! Is it okay if I share it online, or should I take another one without the kids in it? I know you don't often post photos of them."


  • Sex without consent isn't sex. It's sexual assault.
  • Consent must be freely given. A person must understand what they are agreeing to, and they can change their mind at any time.
  • Consent needs to be clear and enthusiastic. The absence of "no" or silence does not mean "yes."
  • Past consent does not mean current or future consent.
  • When drugs or alcohol are involved, clear consent is not possible. A person who is intoxicated or impaired cannot give consent.


    • Whenever you are asking for someone's consent, they could say "no."
    • Accept the answer and move on. Don't pressure someone to change their mind.
    • It's okay to feel disappointed with a "no" answer. But always remember that respecting boundaries is the right thing to do.

    THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN IN YOUR LIFE. Whether you're thinking of your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or friend's child, you want the to always feel safe and secure. Help kids feel safe by teaching them that the choices they make about their bodies deserve to be respected.


    • Consent means giving someone a choice about touch or actions and respecting the answer they give.
    • Practicing consent in how you interact with kids teaches healthy communication and that their body belongs to them.


    • Ask for consent in everyday interactions. For example:"Do you want a hug goodbye today? We could also wave or high five." or, "Can I sit beside you while we read this book?"
    • Model that asking for consent is an ongoing process. For example: "Do you need a break from tickling or are tickles still okay with you?"


    • Nonverbal cues can be hard for young children to understand.
    • Modeling consent helps kids understand that the absence of a verbal "no" does not mean "yes." For example: "you're hiding behind your mom. It looks like you would rather wave goodbye to me today."


    • If you ask a child for a hug or kiss and they say "no," accept their answer cheerfully, even if you are disappointed.
    • Don't show anger or pout, even playfully - this sends mixed messages. For example: "Okay, no kiss today. See you later!"


    • A child should never be forced to show physical affection to an adult, even if they are a relative or family friend. For example, "It's time to leave. How do you want to say goodbye?"
    • This idea could go against your family or cultural norms or be different than what you experienced as a child.
    • Think about ways you can uphold your values while also incorporating consent. For example, " Some people in our family give hugs and kisses to show their love, but you can show you love in other ways, if you want to, like a smile or kind words."


    From RAINN (Rape, Incest and Abuse National Network): If you have experienced sexual abuse by a family member, you are not alone - and what happened to you is not your fault. While it may be difficult to talk about, you should know that this is an issue that impacts many people. The majority of juvenile victims know the perpetrator, and approximately 34 percent of perpetrators in cases of child sexual abuse are family members. It is never too late to reach out for support. For survivors in Orange or northern Windsor Counties (Sharon, Royalton, Bethel, Stockbridge & Rochester), please call Safeline's toll free number at 1-800-639-7233. For survivors in other locations, please contact RAINN's hotline at 800-656-HOPE or to reach the sexual violence program serving your town.

    Vermont Network Youth Advocacy Task Force Survey

    The Youth Advocacy Task Force (YATF) would feedback from youth in Vermont. What issues do you see impacting youth in your community, school or home? What suggestions do you have to address or solve these concerns? Please take the survey located in the links page at left. Thank you!

    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


    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.

    Events & Opportunities

    The Task Force will meet on the first Wednesday each month from 3:00pm - 4:30pm.


    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.


    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

    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.

    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


    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,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.

    Please note that replies to emails sent to may take 2 - 3 days for a response. To reach an advocate immediately, please call 1-800-639-7233.

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