SAFE prevents domestic violence by providing victims permanent solutions to safety, shelter and economic issues.
We protect victims of violence by keeping batterers away from them and their homes.
SAFE legal services also provide victims access to:
- Money for food & necessities
- Physical & mental health care
SAFE services are available at both Legal Aid’s main office and through our staff at the Family Justice Center Sonoma County. Visit FJCSC.org for more information.
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SAFE services are available at both Legal Aid’s main office and through our partnership with the Family Justice Center Sonoma County.
Actual Stories of How SAFE Helps People
Victoria was only 12 years old and was enduring constant abuse by her mother. Her mother shoved her, jumped on top of her and choked her.
Victoria’s mother also made several threats including saying, “I am going to knock your teeth out and make you pick them up one by one” and, “I don’t care if you call the cops. After this, you’d better call them quick before I kill you.” LASC intervened.
Victoria was terrified. It was very difficult for her to come forward and report her own mother to the police. Eventually, Victoria put an end to the abuse with a restraining order that also prevented her mother from having any further unsupervised contact with her. She now lives with her stepmother.
Impact of the SAFE Program
This program serves 700 adults and over 1,000 children annually.
SAFE keeps abusers away from victims, including at-risk children, by assisting them with restraining orders (ROs).
ROs assist victims by making their housing safe, giving them access to child support, transportation resources and medical insurance in some cases.