Safespace Mission Statement
The Safespace Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to the advocacy and empowerment of domestic violence victims and survivors through our collaboration and support of the Miami-Dade County agencies and other entities that provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and financial assistance to these individuals. We also pledge to educate our community on the destructive impact domestic violence has on our children, families, congregations and work environment in order to ensure social justice and support for the victims while planting the seeds of positive change for the future.
Who We Are
The Safespace Foundation is the advisory board to the Dept of Human Service's Advocates for Victims Programs that includes the Safespace North and South Shelters, Inn Transition North and South and the Victims Assistance Program, an outreach component. Their services include: safe housing, emergency financial assistance as well as information and referrals for individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence. We work with a variety of civic and community groups, local government, private donors, businesses, service clubs and other groups who are interested in eradicating domestic violence.
Domestic Violence crosses all ethnic, racial, generational, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic lines. The statistics are alarming. One in three women will experience at least one physical assault by their partner in their lifetime. In 80% of all domestic violence cases, children witness the abuse. In these families, children are also more likely to become juvenile delinquents than children who grow up in healthy environments.
Abuse comes in many forms including physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, financial and psychological. The abusor often threats, isolation or humiliation to display power and control. See Power and Control Wheel. Dating abuse is unfortunately on the rise. According to a recent study conducted by Liz Claiborne, over 60% of all teen dating relationships have some form of verbal, physical, emotional or technological abuse.
Remember you are never alone. If you are being abused or know of someone who is being abused, please call the domestic violence 24 hour hotline at 1-800-500-1119 Calls are taken in available in English, Spanish, Creole and French.