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Project Safe is a 501c3 non profit organization working to end domestic violence through prevention and educational programs, crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children, and advocacy/ systems change work in our community. Founded in Athens, GA first as a network of safe houses, and later as a confidentially located emergency shelter and hotline, Project Safe has expanded over the years to better meet the needs of those seeking to put the pain and horror of abuse behind them. Today, our services range from short term crisis counseling on the hotline to long term support through our Follow Up and Transitional Housing programs. Although the majority of our clients come from Athens and the surrounding area, we’re a routing point for a national hotline and assist women and children from across Georgia and out of state.
Our approach to the fight against domestic violence combines energy of the heart with a commitment to evaluation and attention to operational efficiencies. (See our annual report available on this website for outcome data). 90 cents of every dollar contributed to Project Safe goes to programs and services directly benefiting battered women and children. We keep overhead costs low by utilizing volunteers and student interns, seeking in-kind donations of goods and services rather than purchasing them, and sharing tasks such as answering the telephone instead of employing an office manager or administrator.
Our staff takes every opportunity to educate the public about violence against women. Our presentations range from short talks about domestic violence and local resources, to half and full day training sessions on dynamics, lethality factors, and safety planning. Please call 706-549-0922 to arrange a speaker for your church group, youth group, business, civic group, or classroom.
Project Safe’s emergency shelter is confidentially located, but we conduct outreach services at the Family Protection Center on Lexington Rd.