News and Events

2018 IMPACT Awards

November 4, 2018

Safe Havens is thrilled to celebrate three honorees who have helped further understanding and prevention of domestic violence and elder abuse:

Elsa Bengel, Former Safe Havens Board Member and Past Chair
Journey to Safety, the JF&CS Response to Domestic Violence
Parkway United Methodist Church, Milton, MA

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

October 14-20, 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
The DVAM National Week of Action is October 14th-20th! There is an activity or engagement opportunity each day of the week, which are detailed here by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). 

Join Safe Havens and NNEDV on October 18th, 2018 for #PurpleThursday, where everyone is encouraged to sport purple clothing to support survivors and victims of domestic violence. Share your look, your story, or your message of support with us on Twitter and Facebook!


October 27, 2016

Safe Havens will be celebrating its IMPACT by honoring

Individuals Making Progress against Abuse in Communities Together.  

This year, Safe Havens is thrilled to celebrate:

  • Dr. Nancy Nienhuis, Andover Newton Theological School

  • Rev. Dr. Jossie Owens, ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene

  • Andover Newton Theological School

  • The first annual Next Generation Leadership Award, this year going to Izzy Katzman

Join us on October 27 to find out how our awardees make an IMPACT in your communities.

June 15, 2016

The purpose of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults. As a faith community, we have a unique opportunity to gather and raise awareness on this important issue. Safe Havens has the resources to help you learn more about this growing issue.

Safe Havens receives $100K Cummings Foundation Grant

June 9, 2016

Safe Havens is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program.  Safe Havens will use the grant to expand our SAFE WITH FAITH program (SWF).  Safe with Faith provides outreach, training, and partnership-building in diverse congregations in Suffolk, Essex, and Middlesex Counties.

October 1, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

On October 1, 2015, Safe Havens will be celebrating its impact by honoring Individuals Making Progress against Abuse in Communities Together. This year, we  honor Rev. Traci Jackson Antoine, Jake Segal, and the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers. We hope you will join us!


This event is sponsored by the law firm of Mintz Levin and Eastern Bank.  

July notice!

Do you want to join our Safe with Faith volunteer program? We need your help to build a movement of local faith communities eager to address domestic violence. Now is the time to stand up and get involved!

June 15, 2015

The purpose of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults. As a faith community, we have a unique opportunity to gather and raise awareness on this important issue.

May 2015

This Mother's Day, please take a moment to remember and support the women Safe Havens helps every day. Donate to celebrate the women in your family,  honor a survivor in your life, or remember a mother-figure that has touched you. Together, we can build safer and more supportive faith communities for all women. Your support can help sustain this important work.

April, 2015

During April, 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month will focus on preventing sexual violence on college campuses. There are so many ways your faith community can get involved this month and beyond.

March 2, 2015

In honor of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign on Thursday March 5, we have created a list of 5 ways men of faith can end violence against women. Men can be great allies and we hope they will take on this call to action!

February 9, 2015

On Sunday night, President Obama delivered a Grammys PSA with a message loud and clear: it’s time to end violence against women. It’s on us to take a stand, step in, and offer support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

February, 2015

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

The month is a national effort to raise consciousness about abuse in teen relationships and support healthy relationships. As faithful people, we can help end teen dating violence by talking about respectful, safe, and healthy relationships with the children in our community from a young age.

January 14, 2015

We have been awarded funding by the Office on Violence Against Women to provide technical assistance to rural advocates and training for faith leaders in 18 rural communities over the next 3 years. Do you want to build stronger partnerships between advocates and local faith leaders in your community? Contact us to learn about this incredible opportunity!

January, 2015

Did you know stalking affected 7.5 million Americans in ONE year? Did you know that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men will experience stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime? Did you know stalking is a crime in all 50 states? Stalking is dangerous and can happen to anyone. Learn more about spreading awareness below.

December 2014


"This year, as you hang the twinkling lights and decorate your mantel with sprigs of holly, remember that not everyone has gotten the message that it’s a season of peace. Unfortunately, the holidays can be an even more dangerous time than normal for those at risk for domestic violence."

Answering the Call: Faith Leaders Respond to Elder Abuse

Fall 2014

Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter


"After the death of her husband, Louise called Pastor Thompson to make arrangements for the funeral. Louise and George had been members of the parish for many years; in his younger days, George had served on the Trustees, while Louise was a regular in the choir and helped to teach...

NCBI Leadership for Diversity Institute

November, 2014

Annapolis, MD


Two members of the Save Havens staff attended this 27-hour workshop to learn more about prejudice reduction, building coalitions between diverse groups of people, and welcoming diversity into the workplace. We were blown away by the strength and experience of the NCBI community and are excited to bring all that we learned back to our work at Safe Havens!

MOVA Hearing

October, 2014

Boston, MA


Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance held a public hearing to listen to the needs of victims and service providers moving forward. All three Safe Havens staff members testified about the need for faith community training and involvement to end domestic violence and elder abuse.

This Far by Faith

October, 2014

Morning Star Baptist Church, Boston MA


In a room where 85% of participants had never been to a Safe Havens training...


On a scale of 1-10, 93% of participants after the training ranked 7+ that they felt comfortable talking about domestic violence AND prepared to support victims in their faith communities.


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