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Safety Information


A Safe Place will assure victims and their children a comprehensive treatment process in a safe and secure environment in Jefferson County.


To provide, with dignity and respect, a comprehensive, quality program including education, therapy/counseling, shelter advocacy, accessibility, referral network, etc. to any battered victim and his/her children.

Key Benefits

  • Safe and secure environment
  • Client access
  • Advocacy
  • Referral & resourcing
  • Education
  • Therapy/counseling
  • Violence-free
  • Perpetrator referral

A Safe Place is a residential program that provides services to meet the immediate needs of individuals and their children who are victims of domestic abuse. Abuse may be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, or it may take the form of the destruction of property or pets. Children who grow up in violent homes frequently learn violence as an acceptable means of resolving conflict or exerting control. These children are likely to become victims or abusers as adults. A Safe Place offers alternatives to the violent lifestyle of all forms of abuse and provides a comprehensive program for the battered woman and her family. Services include:

  • Hotline for 24-hour crisis situations
  • Emergency shelter program
  • Residential shelter program
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Life skills groups
  • Domestic abuse education groups
  • Court advocacy
  • Support groups
  • Recreational activities
  • Child play therapy
  • Art therapy

Victims learn to break the cycle of violence through individual counseling, support groups, education, comprehensive parenting and fitness and wellness programs. Feelings of dependency are replaced with self-sufficiency. Self-esteem, assertiveness, communication and decision-making skills are taught, and assistance with nutrition, budgeting, housing options, job searching and career planning is provided.

A Safe Place helps empower victims and their children to rise above the pain of domestic abuse and begin a new safer and healthier life. The shelter is supported by cash gifts, in-kind services such as volunteering time and services and donations of diapers, personal care items for youth and adults, school supplies, new clothing and toys. All donations to A Safe Place are tax deductible and donations of $100 or more are eligible for an additional 50% state tax credit. To learn more about these services, or to make a donation, call us at (636) 232-2301.



Domestic Violence Awareness 

woman with hand on her faceOne in three women in the United States has been a victim of domestic violence, regardless of age, economic status, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Violence and trauma can lead to chronic health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and cancer.

If you know a friend of loved one who is being abused, there are things you can do to help:

  • Set up a time to talk. Try to make sure you have privacy and won’t be distracted or interrupted. Let her know you’re concerned about her safety.
  • Be supportive. Listen to her. It may be very hard for her to talk about the abuse. Tell her that she is not alone and that people want to help.
  • Offer specific help. You might say you are willing to just listen, to help her with child care, or to provide transportation, for example.
  • Keep in mind that you can’t “rescue” your friend. She has to be the one to decide it’s time to get help. Support her no matter what her decision.
  • Let your friend know that you will always be there no matter what.

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