SafeHouse Center
24/7 HelpLine: 734-995-5444
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
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SafeHouse Center Mission

SafeHouse Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide safety, support, advocacy and resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their children, and to work relentlessly to change the systems and attitudes that allow this abuse to continue.

New Executive Director Announcement

To the SafeHouse Center Community:

                        Christine Watson

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am happy to inform you that after  a process of several months that included the consideration of  more than  40 applicants, we have unanimously voted to select SafeHouse Center’s new Executive Director.

Our search committee had some very qualified choices and  recommended a professional who is well-known and highly-respected inside our organization and in the community we serve – Christine Watson.

As part of a career dedicated to supporting vulnerable populations,  Christine has served for the past eight years as the Coordinator for the Response Team and Legal Advocacy Program as well as a member of the leadership team at SafeHouse. She has built a committed, collaborative, inclusive group and formed many relationships in the community.

Christine is committed to looking at the Executive Director position with a fresh lens and working toward any changes necessary for staff and within the community.

We appreciate the thorough search and selection process conducted by the search committee, under standards developed by an outside firm, the Andrews Group, including the input of the current staff. The entire Board looks  forward to working with Christine in her new role as we create a solid future for the mission of the organization.


Joyce Hunter
Board Chair

Core Values

  • SafeHouse Center is the center for providing leadership, support and advocacy for this work in Washtenaw County.
  • We know that we cannot do this alone. We will provide the leadership to build effective community partnerships and drive the systems changes required to end assaults on women.
  • We are committed to the empowerment of all women and believe that all people should be valued without bias and should be treated with dignity and respect. This feminist philosophy guides our actions and service delivery. We believe in liberty and justice for all – no exceptions.
  • Sexual assault and domestic violence are never the fault of the survivor.
  • We will promote safety, justice and autonomy for survivors and their children.
  • We will provide an environment of support and hope for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • We believe that the prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence must continue to move from the private sphere into the arena of public policy and community responsibility.
  • We believe that every person is affected by oppression and that it is impossible to end violence against women and children without working toward the end of all forms of oppression.
  • We will not remain silent in the face of discrimination and oppression because complacency and silence perpetuate inequality and violence.
  • We are committed to operate with integrity and high ethical standards in all that we do.