SafePlace is the only approved domestic violence service provider for Thurston County as designated by WA State DSHS, and the only 24-hour Community Sexual Assault Program for Thurston County, accredited by Washington State. Because SafePlace is recognized by the State of Washington as a community-based domestic violence/sexual assault organization, we provide distinctive services and programs for survivors in our community.
Our four core 24/7 crisis support services are:
- Confidential emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and assistance with basic needs (transportation, food, clothing, personal items)
- Telephone Helpline to connect individuals with resources to meet crisis needs (HelpLine: 360.754.6300)
- Sexual assault in-person response – hospital accompaniment from staff with support during a sexual assault exam and tailored individual advocacy
- Prison sexual assault response
We also provide:
- Community training
- 48 hours of Advocate Core Training, offered three times per year
- SPEAK (SafePlace Peer Education Action Knowledge) for youth
- Custom-designed training for workplace and community groups
- SafeHome housing program
- Survivor support groups, with onsite childcare available
- Legal advocacy, with limited childcare available
- Walk-in services at our Community Service Center
- Legal clinics, twice per month at our Community Service Center
Education, Prevention & Outreach:
- School ‘Healthy Relationships’ presentations
- Partnerships with community-based organizations
What is an advocate?
Definition of an advocate according to Merriam-Webster:
- somebody giving support: somebody who supports or speaks in favor of something
- helper: somebody who acts or intercedes on behalf of another
SafePlace advocacy services are available 24 hours a day, free of charge.
We work for the family, the survivor, not for any systems.
Our only priorities are your autonomy and choice.
An advocate’s role is:
- Supporting you and giving you information about your choices at every stage of your process.
- Explaining what’s going to happen next, what to expect.
- Knowing different resources, support, and information available for you and helping connect you with them. (Examples: emotional, legal, medical, parenting, housing, or financial support)
- Being a good listener, providing emotional support, and promoting your safety and security.
Your communications with advocates are privileged and confidential, bound by the same laws protecting your communications with medical and legal professionals. ~ (RCW 5.60.060, 7(a) and (b))
Also, you have the legal right to an advocate (or other personal representative) during treatment or proceedings related to assault/abuse: “If the victim of a sexual assault so desires, a personal representative of the victim’s choice may accompany the victim to the hospital or other health care facility, and to proceedings concerning the alleged assault, including police and prosecution interviews and court proceedings.” ~ (RCW 70.125.060)