Who We Are In April 2000, Safe Harbor opened to help solve a region-wide shortage of confidential shelters for abused women and children. Only three other confidential shelters exist in the Greater Richmond region - the Y.W.C.A.'s facilities in Chesterfield and the city of Richmond, and Hanover Safe Place, which can serve a maximum of 44 people. Safe Harbor can house an additional 8 women and children in our residential setting. We serve victims throughout the region, but we are especially important to Henrico County, where no other shelters exist. How We Work At Safe Harbor, women and their children receive shelter and counseling, participate in support groups, and find help with legal, medical, emotional and work needs. We offer them the knowledge of a healthy and violence-free lifestyle, while supporting them in creating a plan for safety, a list of resources for permanent housing as well as other life necessities. In order to break the cycle of abuse, we must go beyond treating just the physical injuries. We also address the needs of depression, anxiety, and other emotional wounds. Families spend about a month with us and continue to receive support after they leave. We assist victims in the community, as well, through our Volunteer Court Advocacy program, community support groups, individual counseling and educational presentations.
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