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What is A Safe Place?

A Safe Place was founded in 1976 to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse. We are a non-profit organization that provides free shelter and support services for those who need them. All services are free and confidential.

Domestic abuse is not an easy thing to talk about, but it’s something that is happening to someone you know right now. Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior used by one person in a relationship to gain power and control over the other. One out of two homes in America is the scene of one type or another of relationship abuse at least once a year. Just think—that means it is happening to someone on your street. Or someone at work. Or maybe to you.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse—it doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t take into account your age, your gender, or your race. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. It doesn’t matter how well educated you are.

We are here for those who feel alone. For those who believe they could never escape, or for those who simply need someone to talk to about their situation.

A Safe Place is more than a shelter. It is a first step for victims of domestic abuse who want to regain control over their lives.

Who do we Serve?

A Safe Place serves victims of domestic abuse, their families and the community throughout Rockingham and Strafford Counties in New Hampshire. All services are free and confidential, regardless of gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive) physical, mental or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic status, race, national origin, immigration status, religious and political affiliation.

SASS and A Safe Place

A Safe Place and Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) are pleased to be working towards a merger.  Kathy Beebe (the long-time Executive Director of SASS) will be acting as the part time Executive Director of A Safe Place during this time. You can read the Portsmouth Herald interview with Kathy Beebe here.