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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Men need to speak up against violence


September 18, 2014

By Bob May, Tom Stevenson, 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 […]

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Ten Things You Should Do Before You Leave


September 10, 2014

The #WhyIStayed hashtag is one of the most positive developments that came out of the Ray Rice story this week. Survivors and advocates took over social media to offer the many complex reasons people stay in violent relationships. The fact is that leaving an abusive relationship is difficult, complicated, and very often dangerous – in […]

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Say Something


July 24, 2014

Emily Rudenick LeBlanc, LPC-S Director of Community Advocacy, SafePlace “It’s not for me to say.” Those are the words Baltimore Raven’s Coach John Harbaugh offered reporters Tuesday in response to questions about what will happen to Ray Rice, the team’s star running back, as a result of beating his fiancé until she was unconscious. The coach […]

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How do you get two men to talk about family violence?


June 19, 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 spring, Expect […]

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Austin Children’s Services: Why We Changed Our Name


June 17, 2014

by Kelly White, CEO, Austin Children’s Services The Austin Children’s Shelter officially changed its name last month, to Austin Children’s Services. Here’s why. In the summer of 2013, ACS launched the first of three new community-based programs intended to reach more kids and families in need by keeping them safe in their own homes. First up […]

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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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Thanks for Making Illuminate Austin a Success!


February 28, 2014

After months of planning and hard work, Illuminate Austin was a huge success! From the time we decided to bring the walk back after a six year hiatus, SafePlace staff have been saying that the walk is a visual representation of Austin’s support for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and survivors, their families, and […]

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I’m Walking Because No One Sees These Scars


January 21, 2014

Beth’s story… I’m walking because, when he hit me, my skin bruised, but no one asked me what happened. And when they did, it was easier for them to buy into my lies. “I was climbing a tree, I fell.” I’m walking because, maybe it was the oldest lie in the book, but it gave […]

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Why I Walk: Lisa’s Story


January 14, 2014

My first walk was years ago while I was still living in supportive housing. I walked with several other

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