Thanks for your interest in making a difference!
Here is a list of things you could do that would be really helpful:
Volunteer Opportunities at Stop Abuse For Everyone. You can volunteer regardless of where you live.
* MAKE A DONATION
Make a Donationto SAFE! Learn more about the different ways you can contribute; how to make donation, how your money will be used, and what a difference your donation will make.
* BECOME A MEMBER
Become a Member - If you can't afford to make a larger donation, please show your support by becoming a member of SAFE, which is only a US $20.00 annual donation. You'll have the option of being added to our email list so you can keep updated on news and events.
* HAVE A MEETING
Have a meeting or informal get-together in your community to introduce others to SAFE and the services we provide. You can invite your friends and acquaintances or reach out to other community members by handing out flyers, or by putting a free ad in the community section of your local paper. A SAFE representative (or you with some guidance) will give a brief talk and show a short (10 minute) video to introduce the issues being faced by members in your community and how SAFE can help. The hat can be passed around for contributions from your guests with no pressure to contribute if they do not wish to. Having a get-together is a great excuse to bring people together in your community, have a good time, and feel like you are accomplishing something very worthwhile at the same time!
* LIST OF LOCAL SERVICES
List of Local Services - SAFE maintains a list of local resources. Anybody who registers on the SAFE website can add resources to this list, and also comment on existing resources. If you want to help other people out in your area, you can list any local services that are in your phone book (if you want to be extra-helpful, call them up, and confirm what populations they're serving. Be polite!). Also, you can add comments to any resources that are already there, describing what your experiences were like there.
* START A LOCAL CHAPTER
Start a Local Chapter of SAFE, set up a hotline, support group, or shelter in your local area. Or advocate for services in your area. Local chapters really make a big difference in a local area.
* SETUP A TRAINING / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Help Set up a Training/Speaking Engagement - SAFE speakers are listed on the Speakers Bureau page. We're adding more experts all the time. This is one of the primary missions of SAFE to provide accurate balanced information to service providers and the general public and conduct trainings on how service providers (social service, crisis lines, shelters, law enforcement, health care, etc.) can effectively and (at a low cost) be gender inclusive. By conducting professional presentations to such groups, we greatly expand services for under served victims of domestic violence.
To setup speaking engagements, contact your local service provider-police department, hospital/health care system, district attorney, bar association, nursing association, physician group, university, etc. Ask for the person in charge of professional education or training. Encourage them to contact SAFE via the webpage speaker bureau and inquire about conducting a training or hearing from a speaker.
Don't forget venues that would apply to the general public too such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, civic groups or an upcoming conference where they could sponsor a speaker. You can also contact organizations you or someone you might know are involved in? All it takes is persistence, some follow-up phone calls and a little effort. Give it a try in your area today!
* JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
Join Our Mailing List - Be connected with other involved in this field, and know what's happening around the world with domestic violence issues, and especially with underrepresented domestic violence populations. SAFE forums
* RESEARCH SERVICES
and suggest these services be added to our National Directory of Services. It's fairly easy and is so important to those needing services! If possible, try to call to double check to make sure that the service provider really does provide help and find out what kind. Don't forget to provide us with as much complete contact information as possible: phone number; webpage, email; address. The name of the person you contacted is always helpful. Service providers are, of course, encouraged to submit detailed information directly. Write letters or call local services, asking them if they serve EVERYONE who is abused, and if not, why not? Ask them to offer services, and if they need help doing so, tell them they can contact SAFE.
* SUPPORT OTHERS
Support others - If you want to help directly, and have experienced abuse yourself, please consider being listed on our Resource Page. You can provide an understanding ear for those who are going through an abusive relationship or have left one.
* DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BROUCHURES
Use the Domestic Violence Brochures - The SAFE brochures for men, gay men, and lesbian women can be very useful to service providers. They contain pertinent information that you might not find elsewhere. You can download these brochures right on our website. We've got a long way to go in distributing these brochures! Every police department, emergency room, and courthouse in the nation should have copies of this brochure on hand for potential victims.
and we will make sure that they receive more brochures. Follow-up with your contacts, ask if they are interested in getting more brochures for their agency. Think globally, act locally! You can make this effort with very little time put into it, a few phone calls to find the right person, a few stamps for mailing and a few phone calls to follow-up. This effort can be easily done and can help so many people!
* WRITE A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Write about your personal experience in our forums section, and help others understand this issue.
* ENCOURAGE SITES TO LINK TO SAFE
Encourage sites to link to SAFE. Surf the web, find sites that might link to Stop Abuse For Everyone, and write their webmaster and request a link to SAFE. Please be courteous, and not represent yourself as being a part of SAFE (unless you are). This helps SAFE become more prominent on search engines and directs more people to the SAFE website. If someone's looking for resources, this could make a huge difference for them. Specifically, we suggest these links:
Stop Abuse For Everyone Resources
Stop Abuse For Everyone National Directory of Services
Stop Abuse For Everyone Public Forum
Stop Abuse For Everyone Brochures
Stop Abuse For Everyone Speakers Bureau
SAFE'S MEDIA CONTACT LIST
. Please provide your name, contact information, geographic location, and a brief description of your experience. Include whether or not you have photos, what previous contacts you have had with the media, and anything else that would help us identify whether you'd be appropriate for a particular reporter to talk to. Past media contacts have included ABC News 20/20, The National Associated Press, "Sally", Montel Williams Show, The Home and Family Show, The Detroit News, The Georgia Straight, Dear Abby, and many more.
To be consider for a media spot please provide the following supporting information:
1. A sentence stating that you'd like to be on the media contact list.
2. Name, address, day and evening phone numbers. Include what metro area you are nearest to.
3. Do you have photos and/or medical/police records of any injuries you sustained?
4. Was your assailant arrested or a police report made? Were you arrested?
5. Do you, or did you have an attorney related to this case? Name, address, phone, if so.
6. Was a restraining/protective order issued? Against whom? When? How many times?
7. Did you seek services from any crisis line or domestic violence shelter? What was their response?
8. Provide a SHORT version of what what happened to you including dates, witnesses, etc. 600 words maximum.
Thank you for your interest in helping SAFE! People like you make such a difference in the world and in our organization!
Even if you only have an hour a week to help you can make a big impact.
THANK YOU FROM SAFE!!