At DC SAFE, survivors of domestic violence find a comprehensive, coordinated network of care – one that empowers them to achieve safety, stability, and freedom from fear. Through 24/7 bilingual services, survivors access critical information and referrals, as well as immediate direct support, such as lock changes, emergency transportation, and shelter placement. Within hours of a violent incident, families can move into apartment-style units, thanks to SAFE Space, a 24-hour emergency housing program. Advocates work closely with each client, helping them navigate next steps – filing civil protection orders, securing long-term housing, connecting with mental health care, and more. And for those at highest risk for re-assault or homicide, DC SAFE collaborates with numerous city agencies to ensure expedited support. Last year, more than 10,000 survivors accessed these life-saving services. You can make sure safety is always an option.
DC SAFE has maintained 24/7 access to its crisis intervention services during the pandemic. Currently, all advocacy services are provided remotely, except for in-person support at the emergency shelter and on-call dispatches. National headlines have reported increased calls to domestic violence hotlines amidst COVID-19, and DC SAFE has felt this surge internally. Since the start of the pandemic, it has taken over 15,000 calls and supported nearly 5,000 unique survivors in navigating crisis services like housing resources, the justice system, and public benefits. As restrictions continue to be lifted, the expectation is that the surge will continue.