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Safe Place, Inc. has built a successful track record over the past twenty-eight years assisting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault break free from a violent past, make healthy choices, and achieve an independent life. Our
goal is to keep moving forward, continuing our survivor advocacy while educating our communities about breaking the social stigmas associated with all forms of violence. Together we can all make a difference by working together to inspire change.
History of Safe Place, Inc.
Dealing with a bruised and battered woman in distress went from “Somebody ought to do something” to “what can we do about this?” in Moore County in 1987 when concerned citizens formed a 12- member board to begin dealing with the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.
In 1987, women and children in crisis from Moore County were given a room at the juvenile detention center. This allowed them one night of safety. The next day, they were given an option to return home or transfer to a shelter in Amarillo. Consequently, many women returned to an abusive situation.
In October of 1987, a Board of Directors was formed and in December of 1987, a 24-hour hotline was being answered by the Moore County Hospital District.
In January of 1988, volunteers were trained with crisis skills in order to respond to the hotline calls.
In February of 1988, Safe Place, Inc. received their certificate of incorporation by the State of Texas Secretary of State, as well as becoming a 501(c) (3) Non-Profit Organization from the Comptroller of Public Accounts.
In September of 1989, Safe Place, Inc. leased a building and opened a shelter to survivors of domestic violence.
In 1992, an increase in state funds was obtained for expanding our services to Dallam, Hartley, and Sherman counties.
In 1994, Safe Place, Inc. purchased a shelter, and began providing services to victims of sexual assault.
In 1996, This N That Thrift Store was opened.
In the spring of 2000 a capital campaign was held to obtain and renovate a 13,000 square foot building that would house the offices, shelter, thrift store, and transitional housing. The capital campaign was completed in 2002.
History of the Battered Women’s Movement
Women have been speaking out about the assaults that other women have suffered since 1405 when Christine de Pizan complained of women’s “harsh beatings” and “many injuries” (Ann Jones, Next Time, She’ll Be Dead Battering and How to Stop It, Beacon Press, Boston, 2000, p. 12).
In 1848, in the United States, women spoke out about “male brutality” and later that century Susan B. Anthony helped battered women to escape from their abusers (Jones, Next Time, p. 13).
However, the motivation and courage for women to speak out about their lives really began with the women’s movement of the 1960s and the anti-rape movement of the 1970s (Jones, Next Time, p. 9).