Who We Are

Mission and History

SAFE’s mission is to address the fundamental need in our community to decrease domestic and sexual violence and its impact in Ravalli County, Montana through the provision of direct services to survivors and their children and by working to minimize those conditions that support violence against women.

In 1987, the members of the Hamilton Soroptimists, a women’s service club, identified a need for our community to provide safe havens for women and children fleeing violent homes. Members of the Soroptimists educated themselves about the dynamics and effects of domestic violence and developed a network of safe homes and an emergency hotline. This network, originally named Family Violence Services, has grown into an organization, SAFE, that offers a variety of programs and activities designed to create a violence-free community.

Organizational Values

To achieve our mission, SAFE staff, board and volunteers implement a variety of programs, services and activities utilizing the following core values:

1. SAFETY We create an environment of physical and emotional safety for survivors, staff members and our community by implementing policies and supporting conditions that ensure physical safety. We work toward safety by encouraging collaborative efforts to create a healthy, violence-free community, encouraging the respectful exchange of ideas and valuing diverse viewpoints.

2. CONFIDENTIALITY We recognize, respect and protect the right to confidentiality for all survivors, staff and others involved with SAFE.

3. EMPOWERMENT We encourage empowerment through education, recognition and appreciation of other’s strengths and by respecting the rights, opinions and choices of survivors, staff, volunteers and community partners.

4. INCLUSIVENESS We support inclusiveness by providing services to all survivors and by accommodating and honoring cultural, social or physical differences among survivors, staff, board members, volunteers and community members. We recognize the benefits of a diversity of voices working together to end violence against women.

5. AUTHENTICITY The integrity of relationships among SAFE participants is central to our work. Our responsibility is to honor that trust by: creating and maintaining policy that is consistent and true to the organization’s core values, carrying out our work in a way that is true to the core values of the organization and engaging the organization in ways that further clarify our core values.

6. FAIRNESS We maintain fairness by making sure all decisions take into account individual circumstances and decisions are made collaboratively with those involved.