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:
Originally formed in 1996 as a Grassroots Support Organization, SAFE acquired its 501(c)(3) federal non-profit status in early 2001. SAFE has served tens of thousands of individuals since its inception, had extensive press coverage, and is continuing to grow. Our organization's original founder, Jade Rubrick, 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 multiple domestic abuse shelters because he was male. Rubick had stated during an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, "'We're here to help women,' he said he was told. 'We don't know what to say to a man.'" Rubick then saw the lack of available resources there were for minorities in domestic abuse. In response, he created SAFE to aid victims that fall between the cracks of guidance and assistance. Since the organization established, we have expanding our knowledge of abuse minorities to far more than just males. We now educate individuals on elderly abuse, bullying, sibling abuse, gay and lesbian abuse, cyber bullying, and much more. This is an organization that attempts to stop abuse for everyone rather than just 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/updated our website, created a National Directory of Services, expanded the speaker's bureau, and worked to uphold the outstanding reputation of SAFE. Addition information and links on the history of SAFE are available below.
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.
Founder & Past President of SAFE
In Memory Of SAFE Speaker Patricia Overberg
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 through 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 lesbians 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 in efforts to provide equal access to services for people everywhere. To learn more about Pat please visit her memorial website at: http://patriciaoverberg.remembered-forever.org/
In Memory of Ira Streitfeld
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
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
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 awarness of issues to community leaders/policymakers on legislative reforms.
SAFE interviewing for documentary
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 that there should be 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.