Our charity of the year

We are thrilled to announce we have selected SAFE as our charity of the year. 

SAFE work to EMPOWER, CHALLENGE and CHANGE through education, trauma led therapeutic recovery work and providing support for people who have experienced Domestic Violence and Abuse. We are hoping as many people as possible will get behind future fundraising events for this worthwhile charity.

In the last 12 months, at least 16,600 women in Devon will have experienced domestic abuse or violence. Damage from domestic violence can be deep-seated and complex; the impact is unique to each family and traumatising for all members. Care and support reduces the risk of the family unit fracturing due to individual struggles coping with experiences. By working together, family members have the chance to reconnect, nurture and bolster each other, and move forward together.

SAFE has worked to end domestic violence in Exeter for over 40 years. Their work started with the provision of a women’s refuge in 1975. This grew in size and developed a range of outreach services into Exeter, East and Mid-Devon. With a changing commissioning approach from local authorities, SAFE received its first formal contracts in the late 1990’s to deliver specialist outreach services to young people experiencing domestic violence, and shortly after a contract from Supporting People to deliver Refuge provision. However the Exeter refuge was decommissioned by the local authority in 2014. Despite this loss, SAFE remain focused on their mission to end domestic violence and continue to deliver key services to mitigate the harm caused by domestic violence to individuals and families alike. Working within a multi-agency service framework, SAFE provides a range of specialist domestic violence services to women, men, young people and children affected by, and experiencing, domestic violence and abuse. SAFE services are available to survivors in Exeter, East and Mid-Devon.

SAFE has an experienced team of specialist workers offering tailored support to those referred to our services. It provides a community-based recovery service for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Services are based on a whole family approach and use a trauma recovery framework to support families to heal from the trauma and devastation of domestic abuse. 

SAFE places the family at the heart of their recovery and ensures services are truly holistic and needs-led. Services offered to families include:

  • 1:1 counselling 
  • Group therapy and a drop-in support group
  • Trauma recovery group programmes
  • Pattern Changing
  • Children’s and young people’s groups including activities during school holidays
  • School-based programme for young men impacted by domestic abuse

SAFE also aims to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence, and is an effective and passionate campaigner of ending abuse against women and girls.