Education & Outreach

Safe Harbor understands that domestic violence is not a personal issue but rather, a community issue that requires education, prevention, and collaboration to solve. Through our continuous outreach and education efforts, we aim to raise awareness about the complexities of domestic violence, as well as build partnerships with community allies to better reach those who need services.
 
Together, through outreach and education, we can influence a culture where all people feel safe and valued in their relationships.
Education & Outreach

Safe Harbor staff are available to discuss a range of topics - including domestic violence education and information about our services - at speaking engagements, professional trainings/workshops, and awareness campaigns. If you're interested, please request a speaker. Please note that coordinating a speaking engagement takes time and we are often not able to fulfill last-minute speaking requests. 

Our staff and volunteers are also available to distribute Safe Harbor brochures, posters and other outreach materials to your business and/or community event. If you're interested in receiving Safe Harbor materials, please email us at info@safeharborsc.org

Consider Donating 

Safe Harbor’s services are provided at no cost to our clients and our community, because we want to serve the people and groups in our community with as few barriers as possible.  

However, while our services are free to the community, Safe Harbor incurs costs for the services we offer. Our costs include salaries and benefits for staff, maintenance, repair and operational costs for our shelter facilities, rent for our office spaces, office equipment and supplies, printed brochures and outreach materials, mileage reimbursement for staff members to attend outreach events and speaking engagements, food, supplies and support for our shelter residents, and much more.   

When requesting a speaking engagement or educational program from Safe Harbor and making a donation to is possible for you, please consider donating to our organization based on your ability to give. Here are some suggestions based on the costs of our outreach program:  

  • $25.75 = 250 SH Brochures (this lasts us about one month or what we send to a large organization requesting brochures) 

  • $161. 65 = 100 tear-off posters plus mailing costs  

  • $210 = cost for an average speaking engagement (includes mileage reimbursement, staff time, brochures, and posters we bring!)  

  • $140 = monthly cost that happens “behind the scenes” for outreach (monthly subscriptions, program evaluation technology, cell phone/app costs) 

Learn how you can Donate and how else you can Get Involved in ending domestic violence.  

Consider Virtual  

Living and working through a pandemic has changed the way we think about our work, our time, and our productivity. Now that we have the tools to do virtual outreach activities, we are rethinking how we can best use our time and resources. 

If you are requesting a Safe Harbor representative for a short speaking engagement (15 minutes or less), please consider if it would be possible for us to join your meeting virtually. We can provide a video or can join your meeting virtually on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meets for short speaking engagements. This option allows our staff and volunteers to maximize our time to reach more people in our community, saving us valuable transportation time and costs.  

For longer speaking engagements, outreach events or trainings, we can join virtually or in-person, depending on your preferences and plans for your event. We are happy to talk with you further to determine how we may be able to fulfill your group’s needs.   

Questions to consider:  

  • Can I stream a video or speaker from Safe Harbor? 
  • How long of a presentation/training am I looking for from Safe Harbor? 
  • Am I looking for a quick overview of domestic violence and/or Safe Harbor? Or am I hoping to get an in-depth look at the topics?  
  • Can I help Safe Harbor with the incurred costs of the outreach speaking engagement or materials I’m asking for?   
 

popular training & speaking engagement topics

  • Domestic Violence & Safe Harbor 101
    • Learn about the complex dynamics of domestic violence (including local and national statistics), barriers to leaving an abusive relationship, general safety planning tips, and Safe Harbor services.

    • This speaking engagement typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes, but can be longer depending on the amount of questions participants have.

  • "In Her Shoes" Simulation
    • "In Her Shoes" is an interactive simulation in which participants "walk in the shoes" of someone facing abuse from their intimate partner and learn about the difficult decisions and barriers survivors face. Following the simulation, a Safe Harbor facilitator will lead a debriefing session in which participants can discuss and share their thoughts and insights. 

    • This simulation works best in a large room with several tables, as it requires set-up of multiple stations that participants move to and from. Accomodations can be made for large groups and people with limited mobility.

    • This simulation and debrief can take anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours, depending on group size, amount of time participants spend working through the simulation, and length of the debriefing session. 

  • Survivor Speaker
    • Safe Harbor is honored to work with a team of volunteer ambassadors, many of whom identify as having experienced abuse from an intimate partner. Survivor Ambassadors are sometimes available to share their stories, which can be extremely impactful and eye-opening.

    • During this kind of speaking engagement, we ask that participants respect the speaker's wishes around taking pictures and asking questions.

    • Time varies by speaker.

  • How to Respond to Someone Experiencing Abuse
    • Whether you are a faith leader, HR professional or dedicated community member, it is important to respond to someone who is experiencing abuse in a trauma-informed way. Safe Harbor can provide best practices for responding to someone who discloses intimate partner abuse or who you suspect may be experiencing abuse from their partner.

    • This training typically takes about an hour, as it includes Domestic Violence 101 and ample opportunity for questions.

    • In the meantime, we encourage you to read more about supporting a survivor.

  • Healthcare Professionals
    • A healthcare professional may be the first person in a survivor's life to recognize warning signs of abuse and to refer them to life-saving resources. It is essential for healthcare professionals to understand the dynamics and warning signs of domestic violence. A Safe Harbor speaker can provide screening suggestions, information about our services and other relevant information. Please take a few minutes to review the resources below to learn more about working with patients who are experiencing domestic violence.

    • If you have questions about Safe Harbor services or would like our brochures and materials to share in your healthcare facility, please contact us at 864-385-7188 or info@safeharborsc.org

     
    Helpful Resources for Healthcare Professionals:
  • ManUPstate
    • #ManUPstate is a collaborative social movement led by Safe Harbor, that emphasizes the role men can play in ending violence against women. Domestic abuse is not a "women's issue"; men must also participate in ending it, by understanding unhealthy cultural messages regarding gender, masculinity and violence. 

    • #ManUPstate challenges these subtle yet harmful social norms that lead to a quiet acceptance of violence and discrimination towards women. We strive to give men a mindset and vocabulary to take responsibility for ending violence against women, and to model healthy attitudes about what it means to "be a man."

    • To learn more about #ManUPstate's initiatives, visit www.manupstate.org.

     
    Other Resources:

Watch Recorded speaking engagements and outreach activities

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