SAFE's primary goal is to provide support for victims of domestic violence at the moment of crisis. SAFE utilizes an empowerment model of client-defined advocacy. SAFE clients are provided with information and access to legal and social services in order to facilitate their path to self-sufficiency.
SAFE, Inc. provides crisis intervention and advocacy services to over 5,000 domestic violence victims each year in the DC Metro Area. Our mission is to ensure the safety and self-determination of domestic violence survivors in Washington, DC through emergency services, court advocacy and system reform. SAFE, Inc. began as part of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1997 with one advocate and became an independent organization in 2006. Since then, SAFE has become a leading force in the fight against domestic violence in the District of Columbia.
Focusing on victim safety from the moment an incident occurs, SAFE provides the necessary support for victims to become survivors by using the Court system as well as government and private social services to rebuild their lives. Through our 24-hour Response Line and Court-based services, we provide valuable information and tangible services such as immediate crisis shelter within one hour of a violent incident, transportation to a safe location, legal information and more to survivors in order to help them break the cycle of violence, reduce the likelihood of future abuse, and decrease the risk of homicide. SAFE also works collaboratively with police, prosecutors, other non-profit organizations, and the DC Superior Court to ensure a coordinated response to domestic violence.