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Safe Harbor is Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month: 10 Inventions from the Arab World we still use today!

Safe Harbor is Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month: 10 Inventions from the Arab World we still use today!
Safe Harbor Voice  |  April 14, 2022

If you did not know April is Arab American Heritage, also known as MENA Heritage month. For the record MENA is an acronym that means Middle East and North Africa. This incredibly beautiful and diverse region of the world has often been villainized as a dangerous place. We have all heard the stereotypes of the people from this region as, scary, uncivilized, barbaric, and terrorists. Ignorant ideas aside, the larger issue is that we hear very little, if any, positives about the region or its people. There is so much beauty, the music, the colors, the spices, the food, the architecture, the hospitality, and so much more.

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No Human Deserves Abuse - April is CSA Awareness Month

No Human Deserves Abuse - April is CSA Awareness Month
Safe Harbor Voice  |  March 22, 2022

This article discusses heartbreaking statistics and realities of child abuse, specifically child sexual abuse. Please take care in reading this article if it is a hard topic for you.

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Safe Harbor Helpline Spotlight

Safe Harbor Helpline Spotlight
Safe Harbor Voice  |  March 8, 2022

The Help Line is operated 24/7/365 by a diverse, caring group of staff members, interns, and volunteers trained in crisis intervention, empathetic listening, and trauma-informed principles.

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Celebrating Black History Month by Passing the Mic to Doris Haley

Celebrating Black History Month by Passing the Mic to Doris Haley
Safe Harbor Voice  |  February 3, 2022

During Black History Month, Safe Harbor is celebrating and honoring the talent we have in our own organization! Here are some words from Doris Haley, a Board Member at Safe Harbor: 

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Prevention is the Backbone of Change

Prevention is the Backbone of Change
Safe Harbor Voice  |  February 3, 2022

There is an incredible tool at our disposal that is often overlooked, that can help combat any number of issues: prevention. Prevention is the idea that we can stop something before it happens. There is a famous saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure.” It is easier to stop something from happening in the first place than it is to repair the damage after it has happened. So why don’t we use it more often? 

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Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, What do they have in common?

Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, What do they have in common?
Safe Harbor Voice  |  January 27, 2022

Domestic violence and human trafficking prey on people’s vulnerabilities and needs. No matter the emotional or physical intoxication of the abuser or trafficker, these instances are not ok. It is important that we remember that Human Trafficking is a form of domestic violence and an abusive relationship can turn into a trafficking relationship. Trafficking is and always will be the exploitation or forced (physically or emotionally) requirement to have sex or to work for the cash or value benefit of another person/people/industry. If an abuser in a relationship requires this of their spouse/significant other then this would be an instance of human trafficking. One instance does not mean that it is immediately changed into a trafficking relationship, but, it is still human trafficking.

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Trata de personas & violencia doméstica: ¿Qué tienen en común?

Trata de personas & violencia doméstica: ¿Qué tienen en común?
Safe Harbor Voice  |  January 27, 2022

La violencia doméstica y la trata de humanos se aprovechan de las vulnerabilidades y necesidades. No importa la intoxicación física o emocional del abusador o traficante, nada de esto está bien. Es importante que recordemos que la trata de personas es una forma de violencia doméstica y que las relaciones abusivas pueden convertirse en relaciones de trata. La trata es y siempre será la explotación o requisito forzado (físico o emocional) de tener sexo o trabajar por el beneficio de otra persona/personas/industria. Si un abusador requiere esto de su pareja entonces sería tambien un caso de trata de personas. Un caso no siginifica que automaticamente se convierte en una relación de trata, pero si es trata de personas.

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Our favorite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes

Our favorite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes
Safe Harbor Voice  |  January 14, 2022

As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we want to emphasize that there is no survivor justice without racial justice. Survivors of domestic violence have their power and control taken away from them by their partners. Black, Indigenous, and People of color have historically had their power taken away from them by racism.  This shows up in higher rates of violence experienced by people who have been marginalized, including Black women who are more than 2 times more likely to be murdered by men than White women are. At Safe Harbor, we feel that if we want to truly support survivors of domestic violence, we have to think about racism and all kinds of discrimination. We want to honor Dr. King in our work every day by working to lessen the barriers survivors of color face. We asked Safe Harbor staff to share their favorite quote by Dr. King and why it is their favorite. 

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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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