Our vision

We envision a culture in which all people feel safe and valued in their relationships.

Our mission

Safe Harbor provides pathways for people impacted by domestic abuse to survive and thrive, and raises awareness of domestic abuse through community engagement and education.

Our Vision & Mission

our guiding principles

Individuals and families impacted by domestic abuse have inherently been exposed to traumatic events in their lives. Safe Harbor is committed to providing programs and services that are designed with an understanding of the impact of trauma on individuals and families, as well as a recognition of a survivor’s resiliency and ability to heal. We use a trauma-informed approach to services and community work that aims to support and empower survivors, to respect and honor each individual’s experience and to avoid re-traumatization.


As a trauma-informed agency, Safe Harbor is guided by the following principles:


We acknowledge that healing can only occur within the context of safety. We respect that safety can be determined by each individual. Safe Harbor is committed to providing an environment that is physically, emotionally and psychologically welcoming and safe, responding respectfully to the needs of our community and maximizing each individual’s sense of safety.


Safe Harbor is accountable to our clients, volunteers, staff and community; therefore, we are committed to creating and maintaining their trust through 1) transparency and open communication 2) consistent and respectful services 3) efficient, reliable and innovative systems.

Mutual Support

We believe that individuals can promote growth, resilience, healing for themselves and others through social connection. Safe Harbor provides opportunities and mechanisms for mutual support among survivors and those who work with them.


Domestic abuse is a community problem and requires the collaborative work of our entire community to solve it. Safe Harbor is committed to listening to and building partnerships with traditional and nontraditional allies in the work of ending domestic abuse.

Empowerment, Voice and Choice

Victims of domestic abuse have historically been silenced and denied opportunities to make choices. However, we believe that each survivor has strength and resilience to heal. Safe Harbor’s role is not to control the healing process but to facilitate healing through shared decision making and goal setting, allowing each individual to cultivate their self-advocacy skills and make their own choices.

diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Safe Harbor champions equity in all public and private responses to domestic violence. We are committed to serving all survivors of domestic abuse regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, gender, sexual identity, age, ability, or faith. We serve the entire community in their individually unique circumstances, and we strive to meet each person in the place from which they can begin their healing journey.  Safe Harbor also cultivates an internal community that honors understanding, compassion, acceptance, and belonging. These values ground our mission to assist and advocate for victims of domestic abuse and their families from all backgrounds and to fulfill our vision to influence a culture where all people feel safe and valued in their relationships.


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



When you give to Safe Harbor, 82 cents of every dollar goes directly to our intervention services and prevention initiatives to break the cycle of domestic violence in the Upstate of South Carolina. 

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We are available to provide domestic violence education and information about Safe Harbor’s services through speaking engagements, trainings, workshops and awareness campaigns.





Safe Harbor Resale Shop operates solely on donations from our generous community. Donations are tax deductible and make a difference in the lives of our clients.  



Your donated furniture can support our clients as they transition out of our programs and start a new life, and can also raise money for Safe Harbor by going to our Resale Shop to be re-sold.



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