WHAT WE DO

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All services are confidential, free of charge and designed to encourage an empowered life free from abuse.


Shelter


S.A.F.E. Place is a 56-bed emergency domestic violence shelter located in Battle Creek, Michigan. Our shelter is open and a crisis line is in operation 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We provide all services free of charge.

Shelter advocates offer support services which help survivors to make informed choices in an environment of support and security. Participation in any or all programming is optional.

During a shelter stay, we will provide food, clothing, and other basic needs.


Counseling


Counseling services are offered to all survivors of domestic violence and their dependent children. This includes shelter guests as well as those living elsewhere. Our program provides one-on-one and group counseling.


Legal Advocacy


S.A.F.E. Place's Legal Advocates assist victims with obtaining Personal Protection Orders (PPO's), understanding the court process, providing court accompaniment, assisting with filing for crime victim's compensation, and making appropriate legal referrals.


STOP Program


The Calhoun County STOP program is a partnership with the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office, law enforcement, the court and service providers that works to strengthen existing support systems serving battered individuals and their children. This is done by developing and sustaining a coordinated, broad-based community response committed to enhancing and improving the prevention, intervention, and elimination of domestic violence.


Public Education


We believe that education and community awareness are essential to prevention efforts. Our Public Education Program works to educate the public about the issues victims face, such as legal and policy issues, prevention and treatment for victims and assailants, and the social and economic barriers that force victims back into abusive situations. Our program also acts as a liaison with various media to promote awareness of the services provided by S.A.F.E. Place. In addition, we promote our “Battered Hearts: A Story of Family Violence” DVD that depicts victims and their children.


Supportive Housing


S.A.F.E. Place's CLASS (Climbing the Ladder to Achieve Self-Sufficiency)Program assists survivors of domestic violence and their children to maintain safe and affordable housing. The program serves approximately 7 families at a time.