Our Mission & Approach
SAVE’s mission is to provide alternatives to domestic violence through support services, advocacy and education, and to assist domestic violence victims and their families to end the cycle of violence.
SAVE believes everyone deserves to the opportunity to be safe and reach their potential.
SAVE empowers individuals to make the best choices for themselves and seek safety from abuse. By offering education, encouragement, and guidance, SAVE’s clients gain hope for a new beginning – a life free of fear and abuse, and greater independence. We serve clients from any city, county, state, or country.
In 1976, a group of concerned community members recognized the need for a women’s shelter. They formed the Committee on Battered Women to provide public education on domestic violence and community support for shelter groups. A year later they incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name of Shelter Against Violent Environments (SAVE), and began earnest work to open a shelter. This dream became a reality on October 2, 1978.
Thirty years later, SAVE offered much more than shelter – counseling, transitional housing, life skills training, legal advocacy, restraining orders, crisis intervention, community education, teen dating violence prevention program, children’s programs, and support groups. To reflect this wide range of services, in late 2005 SAVE’s Board of Directors voted to change the agency’s name to Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, keeping the acronym SAVE which is most commonly used.
SAVE’s Annual Report