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A New Source of Help for DV Victims—and Their Pets

On December 20, 2018, the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act became part of United States law. The PAWS Act helps agencies that provide “shelter and housing assistance and support services for domestic violence victims with pets” by distributing grants from the...

Who Am I?

"The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through the illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence." -Annette Simmons The notion that Domestic Violence is "not our business" runs deep within our...

What’s in a Name Change?

After nearly 40 years as Shelter Our Sisters, we are now the Center for Hope and Safety. Why, you may ask? Good question! There are several important reasons: Providing emergency shelter—a Safe House--is still at the very core of what we do, and have done, since 1976....

Okay, Okay, She Left; Now She’s Dead

I’m pretty sure that is not the outcome we wanted while we were all judging: “Why doesn’t she just leave? “ “What’s wrong with her?” “I would never put up with someone who hit me.” Or some equally dangerous and ignorant assessment. Here’s the thing. Abuse doesn’t stop...

The Hard Facts About Financial Abuse

There are no shortages of articles and internet resources about financial abuse money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2011/04/26/how-to-stop-domestic-financial-abuse is one really good example. For those of us pressed for time, and who isn’t, let’s see if we...

Guns and Abuse (it Happens to Famous People Too)

Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre: “My sister had this knife in front of my mother and he said put the knife down. And she wouldn’t do it. And he started reaching into the drawer for the gun. And I went around and I grabbed the knife out of my sister’s hand, and I...

Breaking the Bad is Good

“It was almost 25 years ago when I found myself in harm’s way and in desperate need to escape a violent relationship that I had endured for far too long. For some time I had known that if I was going to live, the marriage would have to end. During that last beating,...

The Many Ways We Help – Diane’s Path To Self Sufficiency

Diane came to the Center for Hope and Safety’ Project Self-Sufficiency program because she wanted to continue her education.  Here at Center for Hope and Safety, we believe that all women have the right to live without fear, without violence and have a...

The best Christmas presents: Safety, strength, and hope

According to the song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For many people—too many people—it is anything but. Families living in need, or in pain, or in fear may find it difficult to join in the festivities and celebrations of the holiday season. The things...

How Do You Support That Woman Who Just Keeps Staying?

Blog Post by Lil Corcoran, Associate Executive Director  In 1988 I remember watching a battered Hedda Nussbaum testify against Joel Steinberg, for murdering their daughter, Lisa, and thinking, “What is wrong with her?” Although I have come to a...