Domestic Violence Assistance

Safe Places

Safe PlacesSafe Places is a 24-month transitional housing program serving families throughout Fairfax County, Virginia who are homeless as a result of domestic violence. Program participants are involved in weekly or bi-weekly case management sessions, or home visits. These meetings focus on budgeting, permanent housing searches and the overall goal of obtaining self-sufficiency. All of the families are referred to the program through Fairfax County emergency shelters including, but not limited to, Bethany House of Northern Virginia and Shelter House’s Artemis House. Each head of household is required to work or attend school for at least 30 hours per week and their monthly rent is based on 30% of their income.

For Information Contact:
Amanda Moyer, MSWdonate now
Director of Supportive Housing
Christian Relief Services
Phone: 703-317-9086 ext. 103

Safe Places Program Overview

Our Safe Places program helps parents and children who are fleeing domestic violence.

Did you know that one of out of every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime? (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence).

When families come to Safe Places they are fleeing abuse. They hope that with some help they can provide a safe and loving place for their children to live in a place free from violence.

Safe Places is a 24-month transitional housing program serving families throughout Fairfax County, Virginia who are homeless as a result of domestic violence. Program participants are involved in weekly or bi-weekly case management sessions, or home visits. These meetings focus on budgeting, permanent housing searches and the overall goal of obtaining self-sufficiency. All of the families are referred to the program through Fairfax County emergency shelters including, but not limited to, Bethany House of Northern Virginia and Shelter House’s Artemis House. Each head of household is required to work or attend school for at least 30 hours per week and their monthly rent is based on 30% of their income.

With your help, Safe Places can provide support for mothers to:

  • obtain a certificate or degree
  • enroll in job training courses
  • cover car repairs and transportation fees

News

Christian Relief Services Receives $2,500 Grant from Wells Fargo Foundation for its Safe Places Transitional Housing Program to Counsel Victims of Domestic Violence (December 7, 2015)

Christian Relief Services is pleased to announce that the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded it a grant of $2,500 in support of its Safe Places transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence and their children operating in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Since 1996, Safe Places has been vital to survivors of domestic violence offering safe, affordable housing to women and their children. The mission of Safe Places is to break the cycle of domestic violence so families can live their lives free of abuse.

Simply stated – Safe Places saves lives.

Upcoming Events

Donate Holiday Food to Families Fleeing Domestic Violence

Safe Places is in need of grocery gift cards in order to help clients celebrate the upcoming holiday. Please call Eliza at 703-317-9086 ext. 135 if you would like to donate. A $25.00 donation today will give a family fleeing domestic violence a warm turkey and canned goods for a hearty holiday dinner. Thank you for your generosity and support!

Personal Story

A Safe Place

Carrie had been married for about six years and the abuse was present from day one. Carrie, like most women in her situation, told herself that he was treating her the way he was because he loved her and he did not want anyone else to be close to her. He did not let her leave the house because he cared about her; he was able to care for their family, so she did not have to work. He would hit her and apologize, making Carrie realize that he did not mean it and he was just having a bad day.

One day when Carrie could not take it any longer, she packed her things and the children’s things while he was at work and left for the shelter. She has not turned back since. Carrie spent about one year moving from shelter to shelter until she was finally referred to Safe Places. She entered Safe Places in January 2013.

She spent her time in the program working on obtaining a permanent protective order; a divorce; her citizenship; and her lab technician certification among others. She completed the program in 20 months and moved into permanent housing. She is nowgoing to school to become a Medical Assistant and lives a wonderful life with her two sons free from abuse.

Domestic Violence Resources and Facts

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: (1-800) 799-SAFE
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline: (1-800) 656-HOPE
  • The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance Hotline: (1-800) 838-8328
  • http://www.justaskva.org/
  • http://www.ncadv.org/
  • http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/domesticviolence/dvac/
  • http://nomore.org/
  • 3 women are murdered every day by a current or former male partner in the US
  • 4,774,000 women experience physical intimate partner violence by an intimate partner every year
  • Every minute 20 people are victims of intimate partner violence
  • 1 in 4 women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes
  • 1 in 7 men will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes
  • A woman is beaten every 9 seconds in the US
  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families