24-hour Crisis Line
Although SAFE's regular business hours are 8 am to 5 pm on Monday through Friday, a SAFE Advocate is always available after-hours and on weekends to take crisis calls and assist survivors with any emergency.
SAFE Advocates discuss detailed safety planning with every survivor that contacts our agency. In doing this, Advocates assist survivors with a strategy of different ways to ensure their safety in the event that they encounter a violent or otherwise dangerous situation.
Individual and Group Support for survivors of domestic violence and their children
An Adult Advocate and a Child Advocate are available to meet individually with survivors and/or their children. Adult and children support group meetings are facilitated by an Adult Advocate and Child Advocate weekly at our office.
SAFE’s emergency shelter services provide immediate shelter for survivors and their children fleeing a domestic violence situation.
SAFE’s Transitional Housing Program
SAFE offers survivors a safe, confidential place to live as they are making the transition out of their abusive situation. The Transitional Housing Program is unlike an emergency shelter because it provides a home for the survivor and their children for up to one year and is a single-family home.
Protective Order Technical Assistance, Court Escort, and Support
In an attempt to maintain safety, many survivors file a Protective Order against their abusers. SAFE Advocates can assist with completing the Protective Order paperwork and answer any questions about the process. Advocates also attend Protective Order hearings and provide emotional support for survivors during this process.
Provide Legal Referrals
SAFE works closely with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), a local agency that provides legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence. If a survivor is in need of legal assistance concerning a Protective Order, divorce, custody, property disputes or any other legal advice relating to family violence, SAFE Advocates can provide a referral to SLLS on behalf of the survivor.
Community Education and In-Service Training
SAFE Staff are available to provide education and training to other local community agencies. This not only helps our team spread the word about the seriousness of family violence in our community, but also opens doors for other agencies to partner with SAFE and play a role in our program.
Advocacy with other agencies and institutions that affect victims and their families
SAFE Advocates can meet victims in multiple locations throughout the four parishes that we serve.
Our program provides a safe and nurturing environment for children in crisis while they receive specialized services. A Child Advocate provides individual support and weekly support groups to the children we serve.