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To promote social change by providing services which empower battered and abused individuals and their dependent children of all abilities to achieve safe, violence-free lives; to partner with the community by providing information and education geared toward the elimination of domestic violence, the achievement of peace in relationships and establishment of a system to hold perpetrators accountable and to provide a safe work environment.
24/hr. Crisis Line
Although regular business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, a SAFE Advocate is available after hours and on weekends to take crisis calls and assist survivors with any emergency.
SAFE Advocates discuss detailed safety planning with every survivor that contacts our agency. In doing this, Advocates assist survivors with thinking of different ways to ensure their safety in the event that they encounter a violent or otherwise dangerous situation.
Individual and Group counseling for survivors of family violence and their children
Adult Advocate and a Child Advocate are available to meet individually with survivors and/or their children
Advocacy with other agencies and institutions that affect survivors and their families
SAFE’s Transitional Housing Program offers survivors with a safe, confidential place to live as they are making the transition out of their abusive situation. The Transitional Housing Program is unlike an emergency shelter because it provides a home for the survivor and their children for up to one year and is a single-family apartment or house.
Protective Order Technical Assistance, Court Escort, and Support
In an attempt to maintain safety, many survivors file a Protective Order against their abusers. SAFE Advocates can assist survivors with filling out the Protective Order paperwork and answer any questions that they may have about the process. Advocates also attend the Protective Order hearings and provide emotional support for the survivors during this process.
Provide legal referrals
SAFE works closely with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), a local agency that provides legal assistance to survivors of family violence. If a survivor is in need of legal assistance concerning a Protective Order, divorce, custody, vehicle and property disputes, and any other legal advice relating to family violence, SAFE Advocates can provide a written referral to SLLS on behalf of the survivor.
Community Education and In-Service Training
SAFE Advocates are available to provide education and training to other local community agencies. This not only helps us spread the word about the seriousness of family violence in our community, but also opens doors for other agencies to partner with SAFE and play a role in ending family violence in our community.
Referrals for abusers
Due to the fact that SAFE is unable to serve individuals who identify themselves to be a perpetrator of family violence, the agency provides referrals to those who are seeking counseling to end their violence towards others.
SAFE Advocates can meet survivors in multiple locations throughout the four parishes that we serve. These outreach offices are located in Denham Springs, Livingston, Greensburg, Bogalusa, and Franklinton.
Our program provides a safe and nurturing environment for children in crisis while they receive specialized services.
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