Our mission at A Safe Place is to decrease domestic violence by providing victims, survivors, and their children with a safe shelter and resources to break the cycle of violence through outreach and education to at-risk populations and diverse communities.
24 HOUR CRISIS PROGRAMS
WE ARE HERE TO KEEP YOU SAFE
Our counselors are always available on our 24-hour crisis line. They can connect you with crisis counseling, information about domestic violence, and referrals to agencies throughout the Bay Area. If you are in immediate danger, call the police. Crisis counseling, referrals, and information regarding domestic violence and available services for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Emergency shelter for adult survivors of domestic violence and their children is available via a residential shelter and motel program. The support services include case management, support groups, mental health services, legal/court & social service advocacy, and CalWORKs services. Basic necessities that are provided include meals, clothing, toiletries, and referrals for assistance with emergency medical needs.
Emergency transportation is provided 24-hours daily to shelters or other places of safety deemed appropriate for domestic violence victims and their children.
EMERGENCY FOOD & CLOTHING
Our donors provide basic essentials such as food, clothing, and toiletries, given to each individual throughout their residential stay. You can donate in-kind emergency supplies here through our Target gift program.
MEDICAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
We provide telephone response to law enforcement agencies (within the service area only) in the provision of emergency services to domestic violence victims.
We also provide domestic violence education to social workers and medical personnel.
MENTAL HEALTH AND TRAUMA
ASP provides Individual and Family Counseling, accessible through the 24-hour crisis line. We offer professional group and individual counseling and advocacy. The mental state of our clients is addressed through individual and goal oriented treatment plans. Inclusive in this program is the advocacy services each client receives.
Children’s programming is provided on-site. Program activities parallel the intervention that the mother receives. Professional
counseling is also provided to age-appropriate children, family and individual therapy sessions are provided to families in residence. Therapists work directly with families affected by domestic violence and provide a therapeutic environment.
If you feel in danger and feel you may need to leave the home quickly, here's how to be prepared.
In Emergency try to call:
You can also call:
A family member
Are you thinking of leaving the family home? Plan ahead. Know the number of our crisis line. Know the location of a family violence shelter or other safe place. Pack a bag with important papers and hide it. Here is a list of you should pack.
House or car keys
Social Security card(s)
Medications/Children’s medical records
Medical Insurance Card
IN AN EMERGENCY:
Get away from the situation immediately with your children.
Call a battered women’s shelter if you have nowhere to go.
Call the police at 911 or go to the nearest police station.
File a police report.
If you have injuries, go to a doctor. Get a medical report and the name of the person treating you.
We can help you obtain a temporary restraining order.
You do not have to be a legal resident or married to get a restraining order.
ENDING INTIMATE PARTNER ABUSE
We do important work to promote the cause of ending intimate partner abuse in all areas of society:
We support campaigns that look to passing comprehensive state and federal legislation, and promoting issues that impact survivors and their families
SPREAD THE WORD
We use our public profile and social media to promote the cause of intimate partner abuse and domestic violence, working toward a violence-free California where domestic violence is not tolerated.
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
MENTAL HEALTHCARE IS VITAL
Community Mental Health
Professional counseling is provided to victims of domestic violence. Individual and group counseling is available for men, women, teens and children. Crisis intervention, crisis counseling and assessments are provided to those seeking support via our community counseling center.
The generosity of people like you helps A Safe Place protect thousands of families and individuals.
For the domestic violence victims who come to A Safe Place, their exposure to violence and abuse is an extremely debilitating health condition, a condition that often leads to death if not appropriately addressed. There is no more critical or pressing health interventions for these victims than the intervention, support, and hope offered by A Safe Place.
A Safe Place serves over 200 domestic violence victims every year, and provides education, counseling, and support to thousands more in an effort to prevent future violence. About half of A Safe Place’s funding comes from government sources for approved services, and the other half comes from dedicated individuals and concerned funders and foundations. A Safe Place relies on, and is most appreciative of, this financial support.
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Back to 1976...
In 1976 a group of women working in San Francisco, came together to address the urgent need for a shelter in the East Bay. A year later they founded A Safe Place (ASP) in Oakland. Run solely by volunteers, they set up a crisis line to offer crisis counseling and information to battered women and their children. Permanent staff was hired off the funding from foundations, individual donors, and corporations was secured.
In 1980, thanks to local support in the media which helped publicize the need for funding, an anonymous donor enabled ASP to purchase its own shelter with the capacity to house 20 women and children. Today, despite severe funding cutbacks, ASP continues to expand its programming and services to protect anyone who experiences domestic violence or intimate partner abuse. Please support our work in any way you can.