SAFV provides empowerment-based safety and advocacy services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and promotes a community of non-violence and respect.
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The two main areas of SAFV’s work, advocacy and prevention, are both necessary to achieve our mission of a nonviolent and respectful community. The stories below show some of the impact that SAFV has had:
A Survivor’s Story
“I have been involved with Sitkans Against Family Violence for twenty years. As a child, they provided a safe and warm place to stay when we were without a home multiple times. Most recently I was fleeing from an abusive relationship. SAFV provided shelter for me and my son and we felt safe. The advocates empowered me to become the person I am today. I felt strong enough to apply for programs to help me get on my own two feet. I got into my own three-bedroom apartment, bought a car and continued my education. I am now full-time in a career, financially stable, and have two beautiful sons who are thriving. I worked hard my entire life and only dreamed of the life I have now. I couldn’t have done all of this without the care and support that the advocates at SAFV provide. For that I am forever grateful.”
Advocates are available 24/7 to listen to those in need and provide services and referrals.
Engaging Youth in Prevention
Youth in SAFV’s Sitka Youth Leadership Committee (SYLC) meet weekly to plan and implement projects, connect across differences, and create a respectful community. Through workshops, collaboration, and leadership opportunities, members gain the skills they need to become leaders in effecting positive social change among their peers. Reba Dundas, who was a SYLC member during her last two years of high school, reflected upon how SYLC impacted her: “As a result of participating in SYLC, my vision now is that respect spreads across the schools, in the community, between groups, and is a “must” in intimate partner relationships… we, as a community, need to encourage and praise youth... we need to take a step forward and teach about healthy relationships in the schools.”
SYLC’s campaign, “Healthy Me, Healthy We,” aims to increase awareness of dating violence and promote healthy relationships among teens. This campaign encourages teens to define not only the “rights”, but also the “responsibilities” that they plan to establish in any relationship--intimate and platonic alike [see poster below]. “Healthy Me, Healthy We” was highlighted by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, (CDVSA) and has reached over 300,000 people.
Please visit our website, safv.org, or our Facebook page to learn more about SAFV.