Meet James. He’s a SafePlace Volunteer.

December 12, 2014

Male volunteers serve a critical role at SafePlace, and in our community. They lead by the example they set for others. But why take our word for it? Our male volunteers decided to tell you themselves, in a series of “vlogs” that we’ll be sharing with you in the coming weeks. Here’s our first vlog, […]

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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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Summertime Challenges

July 22, 2013

by Katelyn Gorski, Communications Assistant Monday, July 22 2013 Summer can be a trying time for children and families. Crime rates and food insecurity are both higher during these months. More than 21 million kids in the United States get free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Once school gets out, only 3 million […]

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June 27, 2013

by Katelyn Gorski, Communications Assistant, SafePlace Thursday, June 27 The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ National KIDS COUNT 2013 data book is out. The report ranks the well-being of Texas kids in four categories: economic, education, health care and family and community. Overall, we are ranked 42nd in the nation for childhood well-being (up from 44th). This […]

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Protect Our Kids Act A Good Start

January 24, 2013

Last week the Dept. of Family & Protective Services released the 2012 Data Book, its annual tally of the epidemic of child abuse in our state. It’s always a sad moment to flip through the charts and graphs, as they categorize victims and perpetrators by race, by relationship, by location – because the numbers are so […]

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Tell Congress: VAWA Works. Let’s Keep it! – by Julia Spann

December 10, 2012

Perkins was gunned down by the father of her three-month-old daughter, Jovan Belcher, who then killed himself. Kasandra’s murder made the news because her boyfriend was a professional football player, but family violence is a tragedy that hides in plain sight all around us, every day. Hundreds of Texas women and children are killed by […]

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Protecting Texas’ Children is a Mission Impossible – by Kelly White

November 14, 2012

The headline on Saturday’s Metro and State section read, “Family services chief resigns.” Reading further we learn just a few of the lurid details associated with recent child abuse deaths in Texas. Texas children have died, and as a fervent frontier state, we will exact revenge. Howard Baldwin, the man at the helm of the […]

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LIFT: An Alliance to End Abuse – Message by Julia Spann, SafePlace Executive Director

October 1, 2012

Understanding the trauma of sexual assault and domestic violence, working to end it, and helping to lift up women, children and men who have been abused is why SafePlace exists. Many of the people who call us have one type of victimization – domestic violence only, or perhaps they have been raped by an acquaintance. […]

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LIFT: An Alliance to End Abuse – Message by Kelly White, Austin Children’s Shelter CEO

September 1, 2012

At least once a week I read the report for a young person being admitted to the Austin Children’s Shelter and there is almost always an eerie similarity; almost all have experienced multiple forms of abuse and neglect; hurt by family, friends, caregivers and the system. What I have seen, and research supports, is that […]

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