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Supporting Community Through Someplace Safe's Thrift Stores

Someplace Safe opened its first Thrift Store in 2010. That first store came to fruition in order to provide much needed clothing and household items to clients while also helping to provide sustainable funding for the agency. Community members, organizations and businesses embraced the idea of having a physical location that could help to provide much needed items to victims and survivors in their…

LGBTQ+ Awareness and Sexual Violence: A Double Vulnerability

The LGBTQ+ community faces a heightened risk of sexual violence compared to the general population. This vulnerability stems from a combination of factors:Discrimination: LGBTQ+ individuals may be ostracized or excluded from social circles, making them easier targets for predators seeking isolated victims.Hate Crimes: Sexual violence can be a form of hate crime against LGBTQ+ people, fueled by prejudice…

PTSD and Its Connections to Victims of Crime

June is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. Crime can leave a lasting impact on victims, far beyond the physical harm. In many cases, victims experience emotional and psychological trauma that can develop into PTSD. Approximately one-quarter of victims of crime suffer from lifelong PTSD, with the percentage increasing to 45-60% for more severe crimes, such as rape. Understanding…

The Benefits of Supervised Visitation

May is Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, so we're exploring some of the ways services like Someplace Safe's Parenting Time Centers can benefit children and their families. Supervised visitation, while often implemented in difficult circumstances, can offer a surprising number of positive impacts for children, parents, and even the overall family dynamic. Here are just a few of some key benefits:For…

SAAM 2024 | ​Building Connected Communities

Building Connected Communities helps us reduce the likelihood of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment in our communities. Any space where people come together is a community, whether in neighborhoods, workplaces, campuses, organizations, or even online spaces. We are all a part of a community, often many, even when we may feel disconnected or apart from them.Community is powerful. Community creates…

Someplace Safe Awarded Otto Bremer Trust Grant

Someplace Safe was recently awarded an $80,000 grant from Otto Bremer Trust. The funds will be used to maintain crime victim advocacy services provided to crime survivors throughout the agency’s 9-county service area. These services include crisis intervention, legal advocacy, emergency housing and resources, safety planning and referrals. Services are provided to nearly 4,000 area individuals annually…

​New Funding Provides Expanded Services to Address Labor Trafficking Locally

Someplace Safe was recently awarded grant funding to offer supportive services to community members who are experiencing labor trafficking. Labor trafficking occurs in many different settings, including farms, factories, restaurants and the hospitality industry, and in private homes. Individuals experiencing labor trafficking can be US citizens or can be working in the US on legal work visas. Examples…

Realities of Violence: Examining Experiences Impacting Black Communities

During Black History Month, we believe it is important to call attention to the reality that members of the Black community face and experience disproportionate rates of violence in comparison to many other communities. It's important to acknowledge this reality and examine intersections in efforts to work towards solutions and equity.Disparities in domestic violence:Higher rates: Black women experience…

Social Media Platforms Can Provide Safety Options for Teens

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Dating violence is unfortunately common, affecting millions of teenagers and young adults in the United States. According to the CDC, about one in twelve teens have experienced dating violence. However, the actual number is likely higher because many people are afraid to report their partner’s unhealthy behaviors. Victims of…

The Intersections of Stalking and Human Trafficking

Stalking and human trafficking are two complex and serious issues that, unfortunately, can intersect in dangerous ways. Both involve power dynamics, control, and exploitation, and understanding their connection is crucial to preventing and supporting victims.Stalking as a Tool for TraffickersPredatory surveillance: Stalkers often gather information about their victims, including their routines, habits,…


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Supporting Community Through Someplace Safe's Thrift Stores

Friday 06/28/2024

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LGBTQ+ Awareness and Sexual Violence: A Double Vulnerability

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PTSD and Its Connections to Victims of Crime

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