2nd Annual Illuminate Austin Kicks Off to Benefit Safe Families


January 2, 2015

On February 21, the community will come together once again to say no to domestic violence and sexual abuse with the 2nd Annual Illuminate Austin event. Mueller Lake Park will be lined with luminarias decorated in memory of those lost to domestic violence and in honor of those who survived while community members come together […]

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The Resilience of Survivors


December 11, 2014

Everyone knows that housing in Austin is getting more expensive all the time. And for single moms with kids

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The Company We Keep


October 16, 2014

By Gwenyth Jett I avoided group therapy for a few years. I don’t really know why. Probably fear of the unknown. I was afraid all the time in those days. Eventually, my need to connect with someone, anyone, overcame my fear of the groups. I couldn’t talk to my family because it upset them too […]

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Addressing PTSD Through Acupuncture


October 13, 2014

by Rosa Harper, Supportive Housing Advocate It’s 10 AM on a Thursday morning at SafePlace. The Reception area slowly fills with people, mostly women, of various ages, races, and demeanors. Several know each other and chat cheerfully in the waiting area. Several others stand nervously around the reception desk. They come from various backgrounds and […]

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Men need to speak up against violence


September 18, 2014

By Bob May and Mark Mouritsen The Ray Rice saga will live on – we have the video and it’s not going away. And there have been no limit to the number of available demons to blame: Ray Rice for knocking his then-girlfriend unconscious and pulling her limp body from the elevator; the NFL for […]

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Peer Support: Survivors Helping Each Other Heal


September 4, 2014

There are times when all of us need a role model to show us what we can do and where we might go. And sometimes, after months or even years of isolation, “I’ve been there,” are the words survivors need to hear the most. That’s why we’ve started connecting people who have come through our […]

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Project HOPES Aims to Prevent Child Abuse in Austin


August 9, 2014

At just three years old, Adele was already a danger to other kids in her daycare class. She was hitting other kids, grabbing toys, and had trouble calming herself down. She was overwhelming staff and requiring too much of their time and energy. She was on the verge of being expelled. Every day care in […]

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How do you get two men to talk about violence?


May 27, 2014

Ask them to make flowers. Barri Rosenbluth, the director of SafePlace’s Expect Respect program, was a little surprised when the City of Austin approached her about participating in a litter prevention program. But she knew that the themes of respect – for people as well as for the environment – were universal. And so this […]

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Great New Video about Our Work


May 22, 2014

The wonderful folks at the Media Awareness Project worked with kids in Austin Middle Schools last fall on a terrific video about SafePlace’s work and our ultimate goal to end violence. Take a look!  

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Antoinette Moore –2014 Frankie Fowler Volunteer of the Year


May 12, 2014

By Langa, Volunteer Services Manager Antoinette Moore is a natural leader, creative thinker, and strategic problem solver. She’s highly committed, generous and a persistent optimist. For a volunteer who joined the SafePlace community in June of 2012, you wouldn’t know it by the incredible accomplishments she’s carried out in just two short years. In that […]

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