Our vision

Our vision is to influence a culture in which all people feel safe and valued in their relationships. 

Our mission

Our mission is to provide a continuum of services to victims of domestic violence and their children. To eliminate cultural acceptance of domestic violence through a coordinated community response, education, and prevention. 

Our Vision & Mission

our guiding principles

Individuals and families impacted by domestic violence 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:

SAFETY

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.

trust

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.

Collaboration

Domestic violence 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 violence.

Empowerment, Voice and Choice

Victims of domestic 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.

Cultural Respect

We respect the role that cultural norms, history and values play in the lives of individuals and communities. Safe Harbor is committed to move past cultural stereotypes, incorporating policies, protocols and processes that are responsive, without bias, to the needs of all people.

 

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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When you give to Safe Harbor, 84 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.

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