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SafeHouse Center SPEAKS OUT
Giving a voice to our survivors and advocates.

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

SafeHouse Center Statement Issued by Barbara Niess-May, Executive Director

On July 16, SafeHouse Center learned through social media that Courtney Neely had been murdered by her former partner, Michael Taylor on July 15 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. After he killed her, he killed himself. Their four month old baby survived. This happened despite…

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

By Barbara Niess-May, SafeHouse Center Executive Director

Dear SafeHouse Center Supporters,

I am writing to those of you who support SafeHouse Center – our valued volunteers, donors, board members, and community partners. In the spirit of what SafeHouse Center stands for, I condemn the acts of violence and racial injustice that are being perpetrated against people of color in communities across…

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

By Barbara Niess-May, SafeHouse Center Executive Director

In every community, COVID-19 poses additional threats for survivors of domestic violence. With external factors of mass closures, record numbers of people not working or working from home and the tension of the unknown, stress can build and lead to increased incidences of domestic violence.

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Monday, January 27th, 2020

By Barbara Niess-May, SafeHouse Center Executive Director

In the last week southeastern Michigan has met with the news of sexual harassment and misconduct, with the subjects being Senator Peter Lucido, and University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert. In the wake of the allegations and subsequent investigations, I have witnessed many conversations and questions surrounding these situations…

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

By Susan Young, survivor

Why did she wait so long to come forward with her story of domestic violence or sexual assault? Why didn’t she say something sooner? No survivor, advocate, or mental health professional has ever asked such questions. Why? Because we know why. We understand the complex reasons that influence how and when survivors can speak of their traumas. The intricate web of physical, practical, and psychological factors all have one element in common. Survival.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

By Barbara Niess-May, SafeHouse Center Executive Director

Poverty is a primary driver in the continuation of an assailant having power and control over a survivor of domestic violence. Studies and practice show that if survivors of domestic violence have resources to safely leave a relationship, and land in safe, affordable housing with a means to care for themselves and their children they are more likely to escape further abuse.

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