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Laura’s Story

Many years ago, "Laura" came to the Outreach Program to request a Temporary Protective Order against her husband. Laura worked for the City of Savannah and had three beautiful little boys, ages 7, 9 and 12. Her husband was physically abusive, but the worst part, she said, was...

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April’s Story

In 2004, "April" took the first step toward getting away from her abusive husband. She had two children, one just 13 months old. She called the SAFE Shelter Outreach Program and victim advocates there assisted her with a court order. This Superior Court order stipulated that her husband...

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Friends of SAFE Shelter – March 2016

Dear Friends of SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services, I know too much time has passed since my last letter. My only excuse is 2015 was such a stellar year for the shelter that I got overwhelmed every time I thought about how to cover...

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Ruth’s Story

"Ruth" drove from Kansas City to Savannah to escape her abusive husband. She was pregnant and with three other young children. Driving a beat up old van with nothing but the clothes on their backs, she was determined to get as far away from her husband as...

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Melody’s Story

"Melody" and her son Josh came to SAFE Shelter to escape the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her husband who was in the Army. Josh was three years old and was a human whirlwind. He couldn’t sit still for a minute and when he got angry,...

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Letter to Editor – December 2013

Dec. 17, 2013 Dear Editor, In a blink of an eye, Christmas is almost upon us! For children, it’s a magical season filled with wish lists and dreams. Homes are filling up with decorated trees, gifts family and friends. But for the women and children at SAFE Shelter, their...

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Letter to Editor – October 2013

October 9, 2013 Dear Editor, Every September, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence sends out a list of people who lost their lives to domestic violence across the state. And in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, many shelters, including SAFE Shelter will be reading these names during candlelight vigils. As I look over...

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Letter to Editor – February 2012

February 1, 2012 Dear Editor, After two months and over $100,000 in restoration, SAFE Shelter is finally open again, following a flood in November. Shelter residents, who had been housed in a local hotel, were brought back to the shelter on January 23. SAFE Shelter is this area’s only shelter dedicated...

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Letter to Editor – December 2011

December 12, 2011 Dear Editor, Three weeks ago, SAFE Shelter was forced to close its doors for the first time in 31 years. A broken sprinkler in an upstairs bedroom flooded the shelter, requiring us to find alternative housing for our 45 residents and their children. However, despite this temporary...

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Letter to Editor – November 2011

November 23, 2011 Dear Editor, On Saturday, Nov. 18, approximately 1,500 gallons of water from a broken sprinkler in an upstairs bedroom flooded SAFE Shelter. As a 16 year veteran in the field of domestic violence, I am used to handling crisis, but nothing prepared me for something like...

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