Survivors of Abuse Feeling Empowered for Re-entry (SAFER) is a unique collaboration between RESPOND and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department which helps people who are incarcerated or detained work through their experiences with domestic violence and plan for a safe space to go once released. The program provides support both in individual and group settings for all victims of domestic abuse before and after release from custody. The SAFER Coordinator and Domestic Violence Counselors provide emotional support, classes, court accompaniment, case management, safety planning and discharge planning. The RESPOND staff also work closely with probation, courts, and other agencies connected to survivors to provide the best opportunity for success.
This project is partially supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Additional support comes from The Miriam Fund at Combined Jewish Philanthropies and The Chickering Foundation.