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Learn what our partners have to say about working with Safe Havens!


Osvalda Rodrigues

Former Director, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Program, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

Our relationship with faith leaders in the community continues long after the Safe Havens trainings brought us together. It is a bond built on trust and mutual understanding of the services we each provide. We each have a role to play in strengthening families and helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Faith leaders feel comfortable referring people to us and we to them. This would never have happened without Safe Havens’ trainings.

Risa Breckman, LCSW

Executive Director, NYC Elder Abuse Center

I had the opportunity to participate in a Safe Havens sponsored conference. The staff created a welcoming and safe environment for clergy, practitioners and advocates to explore differences and establish common goals. I was energized by their passion and wowed by their knowledge and effective facilitation skills. In addition, the outreach and educational materials Safe Havens has developed for clergy are of exceptional quality—engaging, informative and highly relevant. In short, Safe Havens is a stand-out organization. It is a privilege to be a partner.


Art Mason, LMSW

Director, Elder Abuse Prevention Program

The groundbreaking work that Safe Havens has done with the faith community on raising awareness of older victims of domestic violence and abuse has been a blueprint for my program’s current work. We have had very positive initial progress with a major national church denomination and have referenced the recommendations that came out of the conference which Safe Havens hosted. The quality of their educational work is superb and they are always open to collaboratively work with interested organizations, faith groups and individuals on this important, yet under recognized, topic. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with them.

Salma Abugideiri

Advisory Board, Peaceful Families Project

We have been deeply impressed by the commitment Safe Havens had demonstrated to reaching out to Muslim communities and building long-lasting partnerships. They have developed excellent resources that truly are appropriate for multiple faith communities, demonstrating their dedication to true interfaith work.


Bonnie Brandl, MSW

Director, NCALL

Safe Havens is the national leader promoting partnerships between faith communities and victim service agencies to serve older victims of abuse. As the number of older Americans increases, Safe Havens' innovative and cutting-edge materials are reaching communities that are beginning to recognize the devastating consequences of elder abuse. The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) is honored to have partnered with Safe Havens to create practical, user-friendly materials on elder abuse. Safe Havens passionately advocates to ensure older survivors with a strong faith are not forgotten or invisible.

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune

Founder and Senior Analyst, FaithTrust Institute

Safe Havens is the catalyst for work on sexual and domestic violence in faith communities in New England. Its commitment to interfaith approaches to the work is indicative of its leadership. Its quality resources make the work possible in faith communities.


Mary Furlong

Community Educator, Mineral County Healthy Relationships Project

The training created change and the ripples go on and on!

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