Safehomes Capital Campaign

Be a champion for change in our community and help us break the cycle of domestic violence. Our “Break Ground, Build Hope, Heal Hearts” Capital Campaign to build a new shelter will enable us to serve more victims and provide support and resources as they transform their lives and become survivors.  Learn More.

   

Slap Fives Not Wives 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014 Noon-1p


Slap Fives Not Wives is a high-five-a-thon presented by SafeHomes to raise awareness about domestic violence in our community. This fun event pits two local media celebrities against each other to see who can earn the most high fives from mall patrons in one hour. This year SafeHomes is happy to welcome back the returning champion from 2013, Cher Best of 96.3 KISS-FM, versus the enthusiastic new comer, NBC26’s own Ashley Campbell. These ladies will enthusiastically greet patrons with high fives to increase awareness of domestic violence as well as SafeHomes’ programs and services. Attendees will also have opportunity to win prizes from the Augusta Mall, 96.3 KISS-FM, and more! Mark your calendar and make your pledge today!

Click here to go to the pledge form!            You can also click here to donate NOW & cast your vote for your team!


   

FAQs

Isn't SafeHomes just an emergency shelter? 


Not at all. While we shelter hundreds of victims and their children each year, we also offer a complete array of non-residential programs to help men, women and children to rebuild their lives. All of our services are free, completely confidential and the client’s safety is always our first priority. 


We provide safety planning and emergency cell phones. With over 1,500 adults and children a year utilizing our 24-hour/7-days a week crisis hot line, we give victims the tools they need to stay safe. 


We link to community agencies and provide direct services that strengthen families and increase self-sufficiency. SafeHomes provides hundreds of men, women and children with weekly support and therapeutic groups, as well as life skills classes (budgeting, job skills, parenting, etc.).


We provide residential after-care and household establishment assistance. To increase the chances of area victims being able to successfully and permanently separate from their abusers, SafeHomes, Inc. provides substantial financial and material assistance to get victims settled into a new home.  Last year we also kept in touch with over 170 clients (Families and Single Individuals) after shelter discharge in order to ensure stability. 


We provide community outreach, education, and advocate for victims’ legal rights.  SafeHomes helps hundreds of victims a year obtain a Temporary Protection Order and find a pathway through the criminal justice process in 3 different judicial circuits. We also provide extensive training for medical and law enforcement personnel. 


We educate and serve the next generation.  We feel it is extremely important to break the cycle of violence with the next generation.  SafeHomes has touched the lives of over 1,500 teenagers, parents and professionals by advising area boards of education, guidance counselors, teachers and parents, along with educating teenagers about teen dating violence, teen dating rights, and healthy relationships. We provide direct services to the children of victims’ families, and also partner with Fort Gordon to provide prevention and awareness to military families. 


How does SafeHomes partner with other agencies? 


Victims of domestic violence are often in a state of trauma when they reach out for help. It is crucial that they receive unique intervention and highly specialized services that ensure their immediate safety and set the stage for them to be able to break the cycle of violence for good. Once a victim has been stabilized and is participating in SafeHomes support groups, counseling and self-sufficiency programs, our staff craft a set of unique and personalized plans based on each victim's personal challenges and opportunities. The plans may include strategies to secure childcare, employment or medical assistance, and SafeHomes helps to broker the necessary resources to implement those plans with a variety of outside agencies.  


Why do victims choose to stay with or return to an abuser? 


For someone who has never experienced domestic violence, the question of why a victim stays with an abusive partner can be very difficult to understand. There are many reasons why it might be hard to leave an abusive relationship. The following are some (not all) of the reasons why victims stay.


    Fear—Abusers often threaten over and over that they will hurt the victim, their children, a pet, a family member/ friend or themselves. A victim may stay in the relationship because they are scared of what the abuser will do if they leave. 


   Low self-esteem—When an abuser calls their partner names, puts them down and plays mind games it can make the victim feel bad about themselves. Many times victims believe that the abuse is their fault or that they deserve the abuse. 


    Money—Victims may not leave because they are scared that they will not have enough money to support themselves- a fear that often gets worse if they have children. 


   Children—It is very common for a victim to stay with an abusive partner because they do not want to "break up" their family and are afraid that it might be hard on their children if they leave. Victims may be afraid that the abuser will take the children away or that they might hurt the children if s/he is not there to protect them. 


   Control—Victims often mistakenly think that they can control their partner's abusive behavior by doing exactly what s/he wants and by doing everything perfectly. But the only people who can control the violence and the abuse are the abusers themselves. 


    Hope for change—Abusers often promise that they will change and that the abuse will not happen again. Many victims want to believe this is true, and they hope that the abuse will end and things will get better. 


   Pressure from friends and family—Friends and family of a victim may not be supportive. Victims may not be believed, told that the abuse is their fault or that all relationships have bad times and that s/he should try harder. Friends and family may also get angry because the victim stays with the abuser or has left and gone back to the abuser so many times. Plus, friends and family may be scared about their own safety-what will happen if the victim stays at my home, etc.


    Doesn't know that help is out there—Many abusers isolate their victim from her/his friends and family in order to gain more control. By the time the victim decides they want to leave, s/he may feel like they have no one to turn to and nowhere to go.


 http://www.theadvocacycenter.org/adv_violencewhy.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

   

2014 Trap Shooting Tournament

SafeHomes invites the public to Take Aim at Domestic Violence again this year, during our 4th Annual Trap Shooting Tournament on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Pinetucky Gun Club. Both professionals and novices of the sport, ages 12 and up, are invited to compete. Fees include two rounds of trap, ammunition, and an old fashion cookout with beverages. Spectators are also invited to join in the fun while showing their support by purchasing a dinner ticket for $15. 

After the trap rounds are concluded, dinner will be served, along with the presentation of awards and a raffle drawing for a Stoeger Model 3000 12-gauge shotgun, and a Kamado Joe Grill. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. Information and registration forms are available below, at the SafeHomes administrative office, and other locations. Raffle tickets can be purchased from SafeHomes by calling (706)736-2499 or through the trap shoot registration form. All monies raised through this event will be directed back into the local programs and services offered by SafeHomes.


Special thanks to our event sponsors: Herbert Homes, Brown Timber & Lamb Logging, A.B. Beverage, Buzz on Biz/Verge, Coca-Cola, G105.7, NBC26, Fireside Outdoor Kitchens & Grills, and Phoenix Printing.

 


REGISTRATION FEES                                                    

Individual                                 $70           
Military/Service                       $50
Youth (12-17)                         $40
Team of 5                              $350 
Spectator                                $15 

Download Registration Form (PDF) 

RAFFLE TICKETS 
1 FOR $5, 5 FOR $20
 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1:00pm                                     Check-In 
2:00pm                                     Shooting Begins 
5:00pm                                     Happy Hour 
5:30pm                                     Dinner, followed by awards and raffle drawing


Awards will be presented to the top three individuals in each flight, the top three youth participants, and to the overall winning team. 


EVENT DETAILS

·         Pinetucky Gun Club will provide a shotgun to participants who need one-- quantity is limited.

·         No alcohol is allowed before or during the shooting event. NO EXCEPTIONS.

·         Safety glasses and hearing protection are required in all shooting areas.

·         The Lewis Class Scoring system will be used.

·         Raffle entrants are not required to be present to win. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age to win a firearm. All firearm transfers will be governed by all applicable laws.

·         Spectators are invited; the $15 fee includes dinner and beverages. 


Download Registration Form (PDF)

   

Happy 2014!

As we draw the curtain on 2013 with anticipation for an exciting new year, SafeHomes gives an enormous THANK YOU for helping with our successes in the passing year. All of our sponsors, supporters, friends, and volunteers have helped us to share the message of our mission to transform victims of domestic violence into survivors. Without your assistance, so many would not have the knowledge of SafeHomes' programs and services, or the dynamics of domestic violence. We deeply appreciate you and wish you all the best in 2014!

   

Jingle Jam 10k 2013: Get Ready!

The Jingle Jam 10K is a fun-filled, Christmas-themed road race consisting of the Packet Pick-Up Expo on Friday, December 6, 2013 and the 10K Road Race on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Evans Towne Center Park in Evans, Georgia. All proceeds from the race benefit SafeHomes' programs & services for victims of Domestic Violence and their children.

Runners receive a long sleeve Dri-Fit t-shirt, jingle bells, and other awesome giveaways from our sponsors in their Jingle Jam Swag Bags! We promise to NEVER put ads for other races in our Swag Bags and only put items runners actually want!

REGISTER TO RUN!

Don’t forget about our Costume Contest!

This year’s costume contest will feature individual and group categories with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each. Winners of the costume contest will receive a cash prize.

Packet Pick-Up Expo

December 6, 2013 from 12pm until 8pm at Stevens Creek Church, located at 600 Stevens Creek Rd in Martinez.

Race Day

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Evans Towne Center Park. Race starts at 8am.

   

DVAM 2013 Public Events

SafeHomes' DVAM Public Events 2013

You are invited....

Oct. 1st, 7th, 9th, 24th plus a day of choice 

Purple Light Nights®

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff

Tuesday, Oct 1st

7:00 – 8:00pm

GRU’s Quadrangle Lawn

Join SafeHomes as we partner with GRU to kickoff National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a Purple Light Nights® tree-lighting ceremony. Learn about GRU’s month-long anti-violence programming and how you can honor and assist victims of domestic violence while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Bring old cell phones and new household and children’s items for GRU’s Supply and Donation Drive to benefit SafeHomes.

Paint the Town Purple
Entire month of October
Local organizations, businesses & clubs are invited to designate a “Paint the Town Purple Day”, when members of the group all wear their purple to work or meeting in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Organizers may choose any day of the week or one day out of the month. Photos of the group are encouraged, and may be submitted to SafeHomes for posting in our Paint the Town Purple 2013 Album on Facebook.   

Flirting with Danger: Film Screening & Discussion
Monday, October 7th
7:00pm-9:00pm
GRU University Hall Room 170
This event will screen the 2012 educational documentary Flirting with Danger: Power and Choice in Heterosexual Relationships, which examines how gender norms and double standards about sexual expression influence intimate partnerships. Local victim service advocates, including SafeHomes’ Ursula Docher and GRU scholars, will be present to field questions and facilitate discussion.   

Intimate Partner Abuse Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 9th
5:30pm-7:30pm
GRU SAC Coffeehouse
Legal practitioners and professionals will discuss the complex legal processes involved when one attempts to safely exit an abusive relationship. This will include SafeHomes’ Yasmin Thomas-Goodman.  

SafeHomes' Annual Survivor’s Walk
Thursday, October 24th
6:30-8:30pm
GRU Quadrangle Lawn 
SafeHomes partners with GRU to host our Annual Survivor's Walk in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This ceremonial event features testimonies from domestic violence survivors, statements from local practitioners who work to end domestic violence, and a candlelit walk to honor and remember all who have experienced domestic violence.

For more information, call 706-736-2499

   

Join Us for Casino Night

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SAVE THE DATE

2013 Casino Night

Saturday, September 21, 6:30pm

Read more: Join Us for Casino Night

   

4th Annual Slap Fives Not Wives

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Slap Fives not Wives is a high-five-a-thon to benefit SafeHomes while raising awareness about domestic violence in our community. This event pits local celebrities against each other to see who can high five the most people in an hour at the Augusta Mall. For each high five they slap, the celebrities raise funds for SafeHomes and our mission to end domestic violence.  The high five-a-thon begins at noon and this year we are excited to have Paige Tucker from NBC 26 and Cher Best 96.3 Kiss FM. Donate here

   

3rd Annual Trap Shooting Tournament

Once again SafeHomes is inviting the community to Take Aim at Domestic Violence during its 3rd annual trap shooting event on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Pinetucky Gun Club. Both professionals and novices of the sport, ages 12 and up, are invited to compete. Fees include two rounds of trap, ammunition, and an old fashion cookout with beverages. Spectators are also invited to join in the fun while showing their support by purchasing a dinner ticket for $15.

After the trap rounds are concluded, dinner will be served, along with the presentation of awards and a raffle drawing for a Stoeger Model 3000 12-gauge shotgun. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. Information and registration forms are available below, at the SafeHomes administrative office, and other locations. Raffle tickets can be purchased from SafeHomes by calling (706)736-2499 or through the trap shoot registration form. All monies raised through this event will be directed back into the local programs and services offered by SafeHomes.


Special thanks to our event sponsors: Herbert Homes, Columbia County Board of Commissioners, Crown Communities, A.B. Beverage, Buzz on Biz, Coca-Cola, Duncan Johnson with Johnson Motor Company, NBC26, and Phoenix Printing.



REGISTRATION FEES

Individual $70
Military/Service $50
Youth (12-17) $40
Team of 5 $350
Spectator $15
Download Registration Form (PDF)

RAFFLE TICKETS
1 FOR $5, 5 FOR $20



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1:00pm Check-In
2:00pm Shooting Begins
4:00pm Happy Hour
4:30pm Dinner, followed by awards and raffle drawing

Awards will be presented to the top three individuals in each flight, the top three youth participants, and to the overall winning team.



EVENT DETAILS

  • Pinetucky Gun Club will provide a shotgun to participants who need one-- quantity is limited.

  • No alcohol is allowed before or during the shooting event. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection are required in all shooting areas.

  • The Lewis Class Scoring system will be used.

  • Raffle entrants are not required to be present to win. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age to win a firearm. All firearm transfers will be governed by all applicable laws.

  • Spectators are invited, the $15 registration fee will include dinner and beverages.


   

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