SAFE Services

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images 6Stop 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 its unique programs that bring services to underserved victims of domestic violence crime; the applicability of SAFE programs; and training and publications to other agencies such as law enforcement, healthcare providers, social service, school administration, and other domestic violence intervention programs. Below also are some of the free services provided to the general public.

SAfe offers several free services:

Brochures  for underserved domestic violence groups (currently abused men, abused gay men, abused lesbians, and dating violence). "Dear Abby" has previously endorsed the men's brochures in her column.

An online support group through Facebook where SAFE members and individuals can connect with each other. You can recieve advice, resources, and information that might be useful in dealing with your unique situation.

Online resource list of organizations and individuals that offer information, assistance, and support. 

National Directory of Service Providers for those that fall between the cracks of domestic violence services (men, LGBT, teens, and the elderly).

Our History

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Originally formed in 1996 as a Grassroots Support Organization, Stop Abuse For Everyone acquired its 501(c)(3) federal non-profit status in early 2001. Since then, SAFE has served tens of thousands of individuals since its inception, had extensive press coverage, and is continuing to grow. Our organization's founder, Jade Rubick, started this organization as a result of being turned away from domestic abuse shelters. Although he was being abused by his now ex-wife, he was denied admittance into domestic abuse shelters for being a male. During an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Rubick states, "'We're here to help women,' he said he was told. 'We don't know what to say to a man.'" Following, Rubick saw the lack of resources available for minorities who are victims of domestic violence. In response, he created SAFE to aid victims that fall between the cracks of guidance and assistance. Since the organization established, we have expanded our knowledge of the minorities of abuse beyond males. We now educate individuals on elderly abuse, bullying, sibling abuse, gay and lesbian abuse, cyberbullying, and much more. This is an organization that attempts to stop abuse for everyone rather than focusing on a select few.

Rubick has since retired from his position at SAFE with the hopes of keeping his message alive. Since then, the organization has been directed by Dianna Thompson. Thompson has expanded the website, created a National Directory of Services, expanded the Speakers Bureau, and worked to uphold the outstanding reputation of SAFE. Additional information and links on the history of SAFE are available below.

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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. The image to the left is of our organization's founder, Jade Rubick.

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In Memory Of SAFE Speaker Patricia Overberg

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

She did not turn away male victims, whether they were on their own or with their children. Overberg was the director of the Valley Oasis Shelter in Lancaster, CA from 1989 until 1998. During that time, Valley Oasis was the only shelter in the U.S. that male victims 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 lesbian women with the same respect and level of service provided 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 continues to provide equal access to services for people everywhere.

In Memory of Ira Streitfeld

Ira Streitfeld, Vice President of Stop Abuse For Everyone and the Speakers Bureau Coordinator, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack on July 22, 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.

Our Mission

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SAFE Event
Our Mission is in our name "Stop Abuse for Everyone."

SAFE accomplishes our mission with the development and dissemination of educational materials, advocacy, resources, referrals, outreach and services, and programs to foster community involvement.

       SAFE doing community outreach

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Education and public awareness is an important aspect of our work. SAFE educates the general public, health organizations, criminal justice agencies, and service providers on violence prevention. We also have advocacy programs to bring awareness of issues to community leaders/policymakers on legislative reforms.

     SAFE interviewing for documentary

About SAFE

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Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) is a national non-profit that provides unique services for domestic violence victims and helps those who typically fall between the cracks of domestic violence services. The information we provide is for (but not limited to) straight men, LGBT victims, teens, and the elderly. SAFE works to bring community awareness to injustices that the media and other organizations tend to overlook. We promote the necessity for services for all victims and accountability for all perpetrators.

Our organization views domestic violence as a human rights issue.  If you are in an abusive relationship, services should be available to you regardless of gender, sexuality, or age. We work to enlighten communities on different types of issues individuals face that are often underrepresented.  Through our educational, media, and training programs, we inform the public on what to do if they become a victim. SAFE strives to address individual concerns and provide information to fill in the gaps in domestic violence services.

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