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Light Up the Lotus for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, you can make life brighter for survivors by helping us raise $5,000 in 19 days!    “A ‘Thank you’ cannot express the gratitude I feel for all of the amazing love and support that Safe Connections continues to provide me, my mommy, and our family. We all have an opportunity Read More…

October 3rd, 2018

Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence in October

Each year in October, Safe Connections is proud to be a part of YWCA’s annual Vigil for Women’s Safety and the Clothesline Project. People throughout the St. Louis community gather to support women who have experienced violence while remembering those who did not survive. In collaboration with Safe Connections, the vigil will feature a Clothesline Project; Read More…

August 22nd, 2018

Radiance Float + Wellness Celebrates One Year of Free Floating for Survivors

Survivors for Survivors Float Therapy to Heal after Domestic Violence August 22, 2018, St. Louis, MO—Safe Connections blogger Lisa Simani caught up with survivor Zinia Thomas, owner of Radiance Float + Wellness in Brentwood to talk about how Zinia helps survivors of abuse alleviate their anxiety and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a Read More…

My Journey to Become a Blogger at Safe Connections

Feb. 13, 2018, St. Louis, MO—This is my first blog post at Safe Connections. The plan is to contribute content regularly, so I’d like to introduce myself in the hopes that you might feel some connection with me and decide to become a regular reader. I’m a nurse practitioner with a dual degree in nonprofit Read More…

February 13th, 2018

New STL Interactive Map of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Feb. 13, 2018, St. Louis, MO—Looking for a fast and easy way to locate domestic and sexual violence services in St. Louis? Check out this new free interactive mapping website provided by the St. Louis Family Violence Council. More Than a Map It starts by showing you relevant crisis, legal, support, and education resources mapped together Read More…

New Missouri Laws | 2017 Changes You Need to Know

By Laura Kaimann, MSW Student, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis The state of Missouri has just begun the 2018 legislative session. There’s no better time to look at changes to laws that came out of the 2017 session. Included are the thoughts of staffers here at Safe Connections Read More…

November 8th, 2017

Seven Takeaways from #NCHDV

Earlier this fall, seven members of the Safe Connections team attended the 8th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (NCHDV) in San Francisco. Big thanks to the federal Victims of Crime Act for the grant that funded this incredible opportunity for our staffers. From September 26-28, the conference brought together 1,200 medical, public Read More…

March 8th, 2017

Yoga and Community Partnership Help Trauma Survivors

Thanks to its many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits, yoga has gained significant popularity over the past decade. It has become more accessible and less intimidating. More and more, research supports yoga as an effective and holistic tool in a comprehensive approach to trauma recovery. In fact, yoga therapy is offered at Safe Connections as Read More…

October 14th, 2016

Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

For Chantel, domestic violence became a pattern. She ended her eight-year marriage because she knew couldn’t live with her husband’s physically violent outbursts anymore. She had tried to encourage him to seek help for his post-traumatic stress disorder after he returned from battle post 9/11, but he refused repeatedly and the beatings continued. That’s when Read More…

October 1st, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October typically marks the beginning of the holiday season, with Halloween right around the corner. It also marks the beginning of domestic violence awareness month. It’s a scary fact that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience abuse from their significant others at some point in their lifetimes. So each of us know several someones Read More…