Safe Harbors is an organization that is helping to build resilience in the Finger Lakes! Safe Harbors provides free, confidential services for children, adults, and families who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking in Ontario, Seneca, and Yates Counties. They offer individual counseling, support groups, legal accompaniment, and personal advocacy with referrals to other local agencies, and provide primary prevention services in schools, professional agencies, and in local communities.
A large component of their work involves education to help prevent violence and assault. To this end, they have been providing primary prevention education in our area schools since 1982, adapting each year to the changing needs of the community. With some of their various prevention programs, including:
- K-6th Grade Regents Mandated Personal Safety
- 7-12th Grade Presentations on Healthy Relationships Internet Safety
- Love 146 Youth Trafficking Prevention
- College Bystander Intervention, and more!
To learn more about how you can support or participate in their offerings, or to chat with an advocate, visit: https://shflny.org/
They also have a hotline available 24/7 if you need help: (800)247-7273.