Someplace Safe

Someplace Safe, Inc. seeks to reduce and prevent domestic violence and improve the quality of life for victims of domestic violence in Trumbull county.

94¢

of every dollar donated goes toward direct service.

100,000

people are served each year through our programs.

3,500

individuals volunteer every year.

WHO WE ARE

Someplace Safe, Inc. seeks to reduce and prevent domestic violence and improve the quality of life for victims of domestic violence in Trumbull county.

We provide emergency temporary shelter for women and children who require immediate safe refuge due to family violence. Survivors receive shelter, food, and personal care items. We also provide services to men who are victims of domestic violence, work with other Trumbull County community services and offer program referrals.

WHAT WE DO & OTHER INFORMATION

Domestic Violence is a violent or controlling behavior by a person toward a family or household member, usually towards an intimate partner. Although the partner is the primary target, violence is often directed toward the children as well. Approximately 95% of domestic violence victims are women. It is a learned behavior. Abuser and victims come from all walks of life, races, income levels and ages.

There are many types of abuse:

  • Verbal: Yelling, name-calling, threatening to hurt or kill, criticizing your appearance, belittling, constant blaming
  • Emotional: Social isolation, neglecting physical or emotional needs, abusing pets, accusations of an affair, monitoring telephone conversations, criticizing family and friends, embarrassing you in front of others
  • Sexual: Unwanted sexual advances, committing rape or incest, forcing you to have sex with others, forcing pregnancy or abortion.
  • Psychological: “Brainwashing”- a person’s self-worth is destroyed through harassment, threats, deprivations of food and sleep
  • Physical: Hitting, kicking, punching, slapping, inflicting injury with weapons, homicide
  • Economic: Withholding financial information, controlling money & bank accounts, making you account for expenditures

Legal Advocates assist victims/survivors in completing paperwork for Civil Protection Orders (CPO). They can provide copies of requested laws, information about court procedures, and legal options. Advocates provide court accompaniment to criminal and civil court. They also empower the victims/survivors to speak and advocate for themselves in the various court proceedings in which they seek relief.

Someplace Safe’s advocates are NOT attorneys. An advocate can attend a court hearing with you but CANNOT represent you, testify on your behalf, or offer you legal advice.

For more information about your legal options or if you need assistance in completing paperwork for a Civil Protection Order, please call Someplace Safe, Inc. at 330.393.3003.

Remember if you are in a domestic violence crisis and need emergency shelter or help please call our 24-hour Hotline at 330.393.3005.

Someplace Safe, Inc., has advocates in:

  • Trumbull County Family Court
  • Niles Municipal Court
  • Newton Falls Municipal Court
  • Girard Municipal Court
General Information about Civil Protection Orders

In a Civil Domestic Violence Case:

  • Petition for a Civil Protection Order (“CPO”) is the document a domestic violence victim, the victim’s parent, or an adult household member of the victim must file with the domestic relations court to obtain a civil protection order against an alleged domestic violence offender.
  • Ex parte Civil Protection Order (“CPO”) is an emergency order the court issues in response to the Petition for a Civil Protection Order after an ex parte hearing.
  • Full Hearing Civil Protection Order (“CPO”) is the final order the court issues after a full hearing. The Full Hearing CPO replaces the ex parte CPO.
  • Petitioner is the person asking or “petitioning” the court for protection. By filing the Petition for a CPO, YOU are the Petitioner.
  • Respondent is the alleged domestic violence offender and the Petitioner seeks protection from the Respondent by filing for a CPO.
Fees:

  • There is NO FEE for filing the Petition for a CPO form.
  • Under Federal Law the victim cannot be charged any fees in connection with the prosecution of any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence offense. 42 USC § 3796.
  • Under Federal Law the victim cannot be charged any fees in connection with the filing of criminal charges against the abuser, or the costs associated with the filing, issuance, registration, or service of a warrant, protection order, petition for a protection order, or witness subpoena, whether issued inside or outside the state, tribal, or local jurisdiction. 42 USC § 3796.

Many myths surround domestic violence. People think that batterers are violent because they have low self-esteem, a genetic defect, a drug problem or because they lose control of their emotions. Even though any one of these may be true, the primary cause of battering is learned behavior.

Abusive partners use violence to gain power and control. When they want something, they use violence to get it. Abuse works because it maintains control over a woman. She lives in fear of more violence and will change her behavior to accommodate her abuser’s moods, whims and needs in order to protect herself and/or her children. The batterer knows how to use violence and other behaviors to keep the woman isolated and subordinate. Backing up these behaviors with violence makes her escape near impossible. An abuser chooses to batter because the choice is there and until recently, there have been no consequences for these actions.

The Power and Control Wheel was developed by the Duluth Abuse Intervention Project. It describes behaviors that are used together as a system by batterers. The Power and Control Wheel is drawn with violence as the rim and other behaviors as the spokes. Just like a wheel, they depend upon and reinforce each other.

Each of these tactics help the batterer to maintain control over the woman. The tactics are backed up and held together by violence and the threat of violence. The woman is forced to comply with the abuser’s demands because of the threat of physical harm. Each action by the batterer puts another obstacle in place to prevent her escape. All together, this system of behaviors builds barriers to a woman’s escape far beyond the physical violence alone.

Equality Wheel
Power and Control Wheel

In addition to being a crime, animal abuse may be one of the warning signs of a violent home. Abusers frequently use pets to manipulate women’s emotions–much like they use the children. This is always serious. Women are forced to watch as pets are beaten, shot, strangled, drowned or frozen to death outside. Children are also affected by this violence as they witness the violent behavior and as they process what has happened to their pets.

There is a recognized connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence. Recent national surveys conducted by various universities and the Humane Society of the United States found, among other things, “74% of pet–owning women (in women’s shelters) reported that a pet had been threatened, injured, or killed” by their abuser. Not only is injury to pets a form of battering behavior, it may also signal battering behavior is becoming more violent.

Take children seriously if they talk about abused animals. They may not talk about their abuse, but they will talk about their pets. Be aware of neighbor’s and friend’s treatment of pets. If you notice this behavior, please report it to the police or your local animal shelter.

Visit the Humane Society Website for more information

What is Teen Dating Violence?

Dating Violence is more than just arguing or fighting. It is a pattern of controlling behaviors that one partner uses to get power over the other, including:

  • Physical violence or threats of physical violence
  • Emotional or mental abuse such as playing mind games, making you feel crazy, constant put down or constant criticizing
  • Sexual abuse, including making you do things you don’t want to do, refusing to have safe sex, or making you feel bad about yourself sexually


So you may experience dating violence even if you are not being physically abused. It can occur in both casual dating situations and serious, long-term relationships.

Teen Power and Control Wheel

Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Violence

Teen dating violence and adult domestic violence are very similar:

  • Both teen dating violence and adult domestic violence affect people from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious groups.
  • Both occur in heterosexual, gay and lesbian relationships
  • Both show patterns of repeated violence which escalates over time
  • Both display violent abusive behavior followed by apologies and promises to change and that it will never happen again
  • Both show increased danger for the victims when they are trying to terminate the abusive relationship

What is Family/Domestic Violence?

When grownups in your family hit, push, kick, or throw things at you or someone else in your family. Family violence might make you feel scared, guilty, embarrassed, sad, confused or mad, but you must remember it is NOT your fault!!

What is a Safety Plan?

A safety plan is a list of ideas on what to do and what not to do if family violence happens in your home. There are a many of ways you can help yourself stay safe and get help for you and the person being hurt in your family.

When the fight starts…

  • Stay away from the fight and out of the room where the fight is.
  • Do not go in small rooms (closets & bathrooms) where you might get trapped.
  • Stay out of rooms where it is easier to get hurt by sharp objects, like in the garage and kitchen.

GET HELP!

Go to a safe place where someone can help (neighbors or friends house). If you can’t leave home and need help right away, call 911 from a room away from the fighting!

Things to know…

  • Know which windows, stairs and doors are safe to use when you are trying to get out of the house during a fight.
  • Memorize or write down important phone numbers of people who can help (police, neighbors, relatives, and friends). Keep the list of numbers where you can get to them in a hurry.
  • If you can’t remember or find the numbers when you need them OR you need help right away, dial 9-1-1.
  • Think of people you can talk to about what happens in your home (teachers, church members, doctors, police officers and friends).

Always remember…

Family violence is NOT your fault! It is okay to love both of your parents, even if one parent is hurting the other, but it is NOT okay for a parent to hurt you or anyone else. You have the right to feel SAFE and LOVED!

Are you being abused?

Look at the following questions. Think about how you are being treated and how you treat your partner. Does your partner…

  • Embarrass or make fun of you in front of your friends or family?
  • Put down your accomplishments or goals?
  • Make sure you feel like you are unable to make decisions?
  • Use intimidation or threats to gain compliance?
  • Tell you that you are nothing without them?
  • Punch, kick, grab, shove, or hit you?
  • Show up at places unexpectedly to check and see if you are where you said you would be?
  • Use drugs or alcohol as an excuse for hurting you?
  • Blame you for how they feel or act?
  • Pressure you sexually for things you aren’t ready for?
  • Make you feel like “there is no way out” of the relationship?
  • Isolates you from your friends and family?
  • Leave you places after a fight to “teach you a lesson”?

Do you…

  • Sometimes feel scared of how your partner will react?
  • Constantly make excuses to other people for your partner’s behavior?
  • Believe that you can help your partner change if only you changed
  • Try not to do anything that would cause conflict or make your partner angry?
  • Feel like no matter what you do, your partner is never happy with you?
  • Always do what your partner wants you to do instead of what you want?
  • Stay with your partner because you are afraid of what your partner would do if you broke up?

If any of these are happening in your relationship, call Someplace Safe, Inc. at 330.393.3003 or the 24-hour Hotline at 330.393.3005

Someplace Safe, Inc., offers support groups for women facing domestic violence. These support groups inform women on ways to recognize and deal with the effects of domestic violence in their lives. Attending a support group may help you to discuss your feelings and receive positive feedback about handling the situation. Women who may or may not be involved with their abusers are welcome to attend. Children’s support services are also available at the same time women’s support groups are in session. Confidentiality is very important when attending domestic violence support groups.

For more information on times and locations, please contact Someplace Safe, Inc. at 330.393.3003 between 8:00am and 4:00pm or call our 24-Hour Hotline at 330.393.3005. Individual support services for men are available. Please call Someplace Safe, Inc. to schedule an appointment at 330.393.3003.

Cell Phone Collection

Someplace Safe, Inc. has an ongoing cell phone collection fundraising program with the Shelter Alliance in Miramar, Florida. Cell phones are collected at our “Good Corporate Neighbor” locations and depending on the quantity and viability a contribution will be made to Someplace Safe, Inc.

Please drop your cell phones off at Family & Community Services, Inc. at 705 Oakwood St. Suite 221 Ravenna, Ohio 44266

Volunteering

We have two kinds of volunteers here at Someplace Safe.

One type of volunteer is being a “Friend of Someplace Safe.” A “Friend” comes into the office and does jobs around here such as filing, shredding, making copies, etc. or could work at home depending what you are doing.

The other is working directly with the victims of domestic violence. These volunteers must complete a 15-hour training requirement. This training is provided over a four-week period. We hold these trainings 3 – 4 times a year. All volunteers will receive training in domestic violence as well as call processing.

If you are interested in volunteering, please print the volunteer application below and return it to the Volunteer Coordinator. Once received, an interview will be conducted and you will be notified of the next available training session.

Volunteer Application

Complete application and mail to:
ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator
Someplace Safe, Inc.
1540 Tod Ave. NW, Warren OH 44485

Community Education

Violence Prevention Programs are available in our community for schools, churches, youth organizations, and work places. Each series of presentations is free of charge and available to any school or youth organization.

For more information or to book a presentation, call Someplace Safe, Inc. at 330.393.3003.

Mission Statement

To reduce and prevent domestic violence and improve the quality of life for victims of domestic violence. We provide advocacy, education, supportive services, emergency 24-hour crisis intervention, and shelter in order to aid families. We seek to achieve public awareness and a unified community response.

CONTACT
24-HOUR HOTLINE; TEEN DATING VIOLENCE HOTLINE

P:330.393.3005

LOCATION

P: 330.393.3003
F: 330.393.5288
SomeplaceSafe@SomeplaceSafe.org

OFFICE HOURS

Monday through Friday

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM