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ACTION ALERT: Contact your Legislators!

ACTION ALERT: Contact your Legislators!
Safe Harbor Voice  |  November 24, 2020

We encourage members of our community who support Safe Harbor's work to contact your legislators, encouraging them to support a fix for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund. Our mission depends on it.

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Intern Spotlight

Intern Spotlight
Safe Harbor Voice  |  November 23, 2020

I feel like I could write a million reasons why domestic violence is something that I am passionate about. Domestic violence is sadly woven into the fabric of our society and does not discriminate. I knew I wanted to intern at Safe Harbor a few years ago after my best friend almost lost her life to domestic violence. Safe Harbor does so much to be a part of a solution for domestic violence, and I want to be a part of that solution.

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Men in Prevention by Matt Brown

Men in Prevention by Matt Brown
Safe Harbor Voice  |  November 19, 2020

In light of International Men’s Day, I wanted to share a few thoughts of my own! As a primary prevention coordinator, I spend time in conversation with teens about intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, and the role that Safe Harbor plays in assisting and empowering survivors.

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Language Access Justice at Safe Harbor

Language Access Justice at Safe Harbor
Safe Harbor Voice  |  November 12, 2020

As the need for victim service organizations to prioritize inclusivity becomes more apparent, at Safe Harbor we recognize that becoming an inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist organization includes language access justice.

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Acceso idiomático en Safe Harbor

Acceso idiomático en Safe Harbor
Safe Harbor Voice  |  November 12, 2020

Mientras la necesidad de que las agencias que proveen servicios para víctimas hagan prioridad la integración, Safe Harbor reconoce que parte de llegar a ser una organización inclusiva, diversa, e anti-racista incluye a la justicia del acceso al idioma.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Community Partner Spotlight: Brenda Mancilla

Hispanic Heritage Month Community Partner Spotlight: Brenda Mancilla
Safe Harbor Voice  |  October 12, 2020

Ni de aquí ni de allá, Mexican-American. One of my favorite memories as a little girl visiting Mexico is of my grandfather taking me to the doctor when I was sick. Like every child I always hated going to the doctor, but somehow he always managed to make it special by taking me to The Licuado and Torta place afterwards. It was one of my favorite things.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Community Partner Spotlight: Vanessa Rodriguez

Hispanic Heritage Month Community Partner Spotlight: Vanessa Rodriguez
Safe Harbor Voice  |  October 7, 2020

To be a Puertorrican is a privilege that brings me the eyes to see the world from the perspective of an island woman. To be Hispanic gives me the opportunity to value the resources, the people, the diversity, the language, the food, the weather, and also to have challenges to move forward in life. To be a Hispanic means to work hard for what you want and to demonstrate the value of our culture to the world. To respect my identity and to love what I am.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Community Partner Spotlight: Vanesa Rodriguez

Hispanic Heritage Month Community Partner Spotlight: Vanesa Rodriguez
October 7, 2020

I am Vanesa Rodriguez and I am proud to be a part of the Hispanic community. I was born in Greenville, S.C., and am a junior at Furman University. My mother and father were both born in Mexico and I am privileged that they have taught me to appreciate the Hispanic/Latinx culture.

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I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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