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SAFE Named a ‘2017 Best Nonprofit To Work For’

SAFE ranked 21st in nation overall, 2nd in nation for large organizations By The NonProfit Times

Austin, Texas— SAFE, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, has been named one of the nation’s top 50 “Best Nonprofits To Work For” in 2017, ranking 21st overall and 2nd in the large organizations category (250+ employees). Read More…


On SafePlace Campus, Cornyn to Announce New Bill to Help Victims of Domestic Violence TODAY
AUSTIN — TODAY U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will announce the introduction of new legislation called the Helping End Abusive Living Situations (HEALS) Act at The SAFE Alliance’s SafePlace campus in Austin. read more…

Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace Merge to become SAFE

Austin, TX— Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) and SafePlace officially merged to become one agency – The SAFE Alliance, or SAFE, stop abuse for everyone. ACS and SafePlace are long-standing and respected human services agencies that have together or separately provided services for those experiencing sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence. All programs and services previously offered and facilitated by ACS or SafePlace are continuing as programs of SAFE. Read more…

“Draw the Line Day” Proclamation: Austin Mayor Steve Adler to Honor SAFE and The Mrs

(April 6, 2016; Austin, TX) —Austin Mayor Steve Adler will present The SAFE Alliance and the Austin-based, all-female band The Mrs with a proclamation declaring April 8 “Draw the Line Day.” The proclamation honors the work of SAFE and their leadership in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change. The document also honors The Mrs for this week’s release of their new song, “Draw the Line,” which highlights these issues.

Austin Band and Nonprofit Partner to Launch Campaign in Support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

(April 5, 2016; Austin, TX) : Austin-based, all-female band The Mrs, announced today a unique partnership with SAFE, a local nonprofit working to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence. The Mrs’ newest song and music video, “Draw the Line,” will serve as the primary tool for awareness and fundraising. All proceeds from the new track will go directly to SAFE.

SAFE Supports Thumbs Up! : Sexual Assault Prevention is Everyone’s Business

(Jan. 28, 2016; Austin, TX): Just over 1,000 sexual assaults were reported in Travis County last year. A recent Texas Statewide Sexual Assault Prevalence Study, conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the School of Social Work at UT Austin, found that only 9.2 percent of sexual assault victims in Texas reported their experiences to the police…. And it’s because we can’t ignore sexual assault that Austin is now the site of a ridesharing debate that has been raging over the last several months. We have become involved with this debate because of the young women we are seeing that report to us they were sexually assaulted by their ridesharing drivers….

SAFE Supports Multi-Layered Regulations for TNCs

(December 16, 2015; AUSTIN, TX): The SAFE Alliance, a partnership of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, has been closely watching the ongoing debate regarding regulation of transportation network companies (TNC’s) in Austin.Beginning in June 2015, we became the primary agency conducting forensic exams for teen and adult sexual assault survivors in Central Texas, which has put us in the unique position…

Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace come together to address violence and abuse

(September 17, 2015; AUSTIN, TX): In order to deliver more comprehensive services and better address the spectrum of needs for individuals and families affected by violence and abuse, the Boards of Directors of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace have created an operational merger between the two organizations. The new organization is called The SAFE Alliance, or SAFE | Stop Abuse For Everyone.

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Community leaders fear immigrants are not calling for help when they need it
KXAN, March 27

Pflugerville Girl Scouts earn presidential service award
Statesman, March 20

Texas Won’t Pay to Test 20,000 Rape Kits, So It Might Crowdfund the Effort Instead
The Daily Beast, March 15

Lawmakers consider bill to help fund evidence testing in sexual assault cases
The Dallas Morning News, March 14

Aaron Franklin’s Hot Luck Festival releases chef lineup; tickets on sale
Austin 360, March 9

Deportation fears keep victim from cooperating in domestic violence case, Travis DA says
Statesman , March 8

Data snapshot shows few sex assaults in Austin are prosecuted
Statesman, March 8

Aaron Franklin and co. announce star-studded lineup for Hot Luck
MyStatesman (blog), March 8

Lineup For Aaron Franklin’s Hot Luck Festival Out Now
Texas Monthly, March 7

Clear Measure CEO, Jeffrey Palermo, Named Finalist in 2017 Austin Under 40 Awards
EIN NewsDesk – Market Wired, March 2

Sexual Assault Advocates Demand Answers for Rape Kit Negligence
The Austin Chronicle, March 1

John Cornyn hopes to increase funding for domestic violence programs
KEYE – CBS Austin, February 24

Who’s Testing APD’s Backlog of Evidence?
The Austin Chronicle, February 24

Texas Insider, February 23

Tiny Emissaries of Love in Cedar Park Provide Valuable Lessons in Kindness, February 21

Primrose School at Vista Ridge students give back on Valentine’s Day
Statesman, February 20

Ballet Austin Fete and Fete-ish; Austin Community Foundation; and more
Austin 360, February 16

Merger hopes to create better services for victims of violence
Statesman, February 4

Last day to give to Season for Caring for this year
MyStatesman (blog), January 31

Two Local Organizations Merge Efforts to End Violence and Abuse
Spectrum News, January 28

Austin B-cycle campaign to benefit SafePlace
Austin 360, January 28

SpareFoot Wins the Sixth Annual Startup Games
Sillicon Hills, January 28

Only six more days to give to Season for Caring for this year
MyStatesman (blog), January 26

Nonprofits that fight child abuse, domestic violence merge to create $20M Austin organization
ABJ, January 25

March on the Kitchen Dinner at L’Oca d’Oro
Austin 360, January 25

Austin Children’s Shelter, SafePlace merge to form SAFE
KVUE, January 24

More events for Wednesday, Jan. 25, and beyond
Statesman, January 24

What are you doing in February? Check out our family calendar for Austin
Austin 360, January 23

Still time to give to Season for Caring
MyStatesman (blog), January 20

L’Oca d’Oro hosting March on the Kitchen dinner to benefit Safe Austin
Austin 360, January 19

Crema Bakery launches Cookies for Kids program
Austin 360, January 17

Events: Salt & Time’s Oskar Blues dinner and more
Austin 360, January 12

Former foster care child fixing system
KVUE, January 4

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