SAFE Programs


A just and safe community free from violence and abuse.


To lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and advocacy for change.

Care Academy

Care Academy offers high-quality, affordable child care that supports parents and children and ensures school readiness and family success. Our unique approach recognizes the critical importance of the first five years of a child’s life and the challenges that all parents face during those years. Care Academy accepts CCS Workforce Subsidies.

Community Advocacy

Community Advocacy is SAFE’s method for improving the systems survivors depend on for justice, protection and support. The Community Advocacy Program fosters community allies for survivors, holds abusers accountable for their crimes and changes policy that harms victims.

Community Education

The Community Education program provides education and outreach on sexual and domestic violence to the Austin community, through participation in community events and by offering presentations and professional trainings to a variety of audiences.

We also engage community groups in interpersonal violence prevention, because we believe each of us plays a role in creating a just and safe community free from violence and abuse.

Counseling Services

Although immediate safety for survivors and their families is the first concern, SafePlace provides additional support for survivors during their healing process. This support can help survivors move beyond the violence and trauma.


Deaf SHARE (Survivor Healing through Advocacy, Resources and Empowerment) serves anyone suffering from the bad experiences of sexual abuse, rape and/or domestic violence. The Deaf SHARE staff are culturally Deaf and fluent in ASL. Deaf, hard-of-hearing or Deaf/blind victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or rape can get free and confidential services in Austin/Travis County.

Disability Services

Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) provides training and education to help increase awareness about and prevent sexual and domestic violence and abuse. We provide custom designed presentations and trainings for disability service providers.

Eloise House

Eloise House is our 24/7 facility where sexual assault survivors can receive forensic exams, advocacy and support. Even if you don’t wish to receive a forensic exam, Eloise House can provide other services and support to help you through this traumatic experience.

Expect Respect

Expect Respect® promotes healthy teen relationships and works to prevent dating and sexual violence among middle and high-school students. Our comprehensive prevention program: 1) supports teens who have been exposed to violence; 2.) mobilizes youth as leaders; and 3.) engages schools, parents and community organizations in creating safe, healthy environments.

Foster & Adopt

The Austin Children’s Shelter Foster and Adopt Program provides foster care, adoption services and kinship care to families in Central Texas. With extensive training and an experienced staff, Austin Children’s Shelter has developed a program that offers superior supports for foster, kinship, and adoptive families.

Legal Advocacy

Legal Advocates are often the first face for survivors of sexual or domestic violence as they navigate through difficult and often confusing legal processes.

Life Skills

The Life Skills Program offers survivors an opportunity to re-build their lives after leaving a violent relationship.


PlanetSafe provides a safe location for supervised visitations and custodial exchanges of children whose families have a history of family violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault. A collaboration with Travis County, PlanetSafe is located at 1101 Nueces, adjacent to the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in downtown Austin.

SAFE Futures

SAFE Futures provides child abuse and family violence prevention, fatherhood services, case management, education programs, and many other resources all aimed at building safe, resilient, and supportive environments where parents and their children can grow.

Strong Start

small boy holding plastic cameraStrong Start is a comprehensive family support program for parents of children up to five years of age and younger who are experiencing extraordinary stress in their lives.

Survivor Advocacy

Survivor Advocacy offers case management services to address goals around safety, employment, housing stability, legal issues, child care and/or money management; support in accessing Crime Victim’s Compensation, Child Support, Protective Orders, Legal Aid, public benefits and affordable housing; limited assistance with consumable products; and limited financial assistance may also be available.


young people volunteering with clean upVolunteers are essential in every aspect of our mission. In addition to individual volunteer opportunities, we also offer opportunities for professionals and groups to get involved.

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