Our Services

SAFE (Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies) is a non-profit agency serving women, men, teens and children whose lives have been affected by domestic and sexual violence. We've helped people in Wilkes County, North Carolina since 1980. 
We're here to offer survivors of domestic and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope.
Our services include:

     Emergency Shelter

The SAFE shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide immediate, safe housing to women and children who have left home due to domestic violence. (Men are sheltered in a separate location.)
We've helped hundreds of families get a fresh start since first opening our doors in 1981. Our caring shelter supervisors provide advice and support to help victims build a safe future for themselves and their families. 98% of our recent shelter clients said they would recommend SAFE to a friend.
If you need emergency shelter, please call us any time at (336) 838-SAFE (7233). There is no charge to stay in the shelter for those who qualify.

     Help Line

SAFE's help line, (336) 838-SAFE (7233) is open 24 hours a day to provide support services to victims and survivors of sexual assault and family violence.

SAFE's trained advocates provide support to victims, including:
  • Assistance in seeking protective orders
  • Support during court hearings
  • Referral to community resources
Our advocates do not give legal advice; they provide support and help victims understand their options. For more information, please contact our court advocate at (336) 838-9169. Find out more about how we can help at our Legal Options webpage.

     Counseling and Support

SAFE offers two support groups for survivors:

  • A domestic violence support group
  • A sexual assault support group

Members of the public are welcome to participate in the support groups. Please call (336) 838-9169 for more information.

SAFE also offers individual counseling for adult and child survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Therapy is provided by licensed professional counselors. For more information, please call (336) 838-9169.

Child Advocacy Center

SAFE operates SAFE Spot, the Child Advocacy Center of Wilkes County. SAFE Spot provides comprehensive, community-based services to children and families affected by sexual abuse or severe physical abuse.

The center is currently providing forensic interviews, child medical evaluations, victim advocacy and case coordination services. Trauma focused mental health care is provided by center partners. The center occupies a 1,200 square foot facility adjacent to the SAFE offices.

For more information on SAFE Spot, please contact Child Advocacy Center Coordinator Cindy Hartley at (336) 838-9169.

Find out more at the SAFE Spot website.

Sexual Assault Services
SAFE's sexual assault program serves victims of sexual assault through hospital response, crisis call response, advocacy, counseling and psychoeducation. All services are free and confidential. 

Wilkes Regional Medical Center has sexual assault nurse examiners to provide specialized care to victims of sexual assault. For more information, please contact us at (336) 838-9169.