SAFE Services

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services for safeStop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) was selected as one of only 50 promising strategy programs in the nation to prevent domestic violence by the National Crime Prevention Council.

The National Crime Prevention Council is the non-profit "take a bite out of crime" organization funded by the U.S. Justice Department.

SAFE was selected because of it's unique programs to bring services to underserved victims of domestic violence crime, and the applicability of SAFE programs, training and publications to other agencies such as law enforcement, health care providers, social service, and other domestic violence intervention programs. 

SAFE Offers Several Free Services:

  • Brochures for underserved domestic violence groups (currently men, gay men, and lesbian women) in several "Dear Abby" endorsed the men's brochures in her column.
  • An online support group on Facebook where SAFE members and individuals can connect with others and find information to help them in their abusive relationships.
  • Online resource list of organizations and individuals that offer information, assistance, and support.
  • Direct services - our SAFE chapters provide direct services in their local communities, such as court advocacy, support groups, hotlines, etc.
  • National Directory of Service Providers - Directory of services for those who fall between the cracks of domestic violence services; straight men, GLBT victims, teens, and the elderly.

Our History

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SAFE Was Founded in 1996!

Starting out as a grassroots organization, SAFE acquired its 501(c)3 federal nonprofit status in early 2001, so donations are tax-deductible in the United States.

SAFE's international headquarters are in Portland, Oregon, USA. SAFE has served tens of thousands of people since its inception, had extensive press coverage, and is growing rapidly.

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Jade Rubick
Founder & Past President of SAFE

SAFE was founded by Jade Rubick in 1996 and became a non-profit organization in 2001.

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In Memory Of SAFE Speaker Patricia Overberg

Patricia Overberg believed that family violence needs to be viewed holistically, and her commitment to the principle of equal treatment for all informed everything she did. Although most battered women's shelters refuse admittance to sons 12 years or older and force mothers to place their sons in foster care or be denied entrance to a shelter, Overberg refused to require mothers to choose between their own safety and the well-being of their children.

When male victims, whether on their own or with their children, sought help, she didn't turn them away. Overberg was director of the Valley Oasis Shelter in Lancaster, Calif. from 1989 through 1998. During that time, Valley Oasis was the only shelter in the U.S. that men needing help could turn to. Even today Valley Oasis remains one of the very few shelters in the U.S. that offers the same level of services to male victims as to female victims.

Overberg treated gay men and lesbians with the same respect and level of service accorded to all the people she helped.  She pioneered in bringing a transgendered volunteer on board at the Valley Oasis.

Overberg’s legacy lives on for all victims of domestic violence and in efforts to provide equal access to services for people everywhere.  To learn more about Pat please visit her memorial website at:

In Memory of Ira Streitfeld

Ira Streitfeld, Vice President of Stop Abuse For Everyone, and the Speaker's Bureau Coordinator, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack, on July 22nd 2010. We are deeply saddened and stunned.

We are setting up an Ira Streitfeld Memorial Fund in his memory. The money collected, minus any processing fees, will be donated to Ira's designated charity, the Q Center of Portland, Oregon. We will notify Ira's family of any donations received in his honor. Any donations received that have any mention of the memorial fund will be donated to the Q Center of Portland.

Contributed by Jade Rubick

Our Mission

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safe mission hands togetherOur Mission is in our name "Stop Abuse for Everyone"

SAFE accomplishes its mission
by the development and dissemination of resource information, education, referrals, outreach and services, programs to foster community involvement, and research in areas of domestic violence that have yet to be fully explored.

Education is an important aspect of our work.  Educating the general public, health organizations, criminal justice agencies, service providers, as well as training of community leaders.

About SAFE

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about safe picStop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) provides unique services for domestic violence victims. We help those who typically fall between the cracks of domestic violence services and few services are available: straight men, GLBT victims, teens, and the elderly. We promote that there should be services for ALL victims and accountability for all perpetrators.

Our approach is to view domestic violence as a human issue. It doesn't matter what type of person you are, if you're in an abusive relationship, it is the type of experience you're having that is important!  

We believe that the services you receive should be based on what you need...rather than who you are. That is the goal we work towards. I
ndividuals experience problems based on the simple fact that they are men or women, gay or straight, old or young. SAFE addresses their individual concerns, and fills in the gaps in domestic violence services where others don't.

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