Who We Are
In 1975, a pilot program began in New York City's court system that addressed the urgent need ot help criminal court witness who had been intimidated, or who felt too threatened to testify in court. Three years later, the pilot program became the Victim Services Agency, offering a broader array of services that helped more victims of crime and abuse.
By 1981, the Victim Services Agency had included programs for victims of domestic violence, providing shelter, counseling, and other practical support. Over the next three decades, the Victim Services Agency would create other innovative programs - from Streetwork to Families of Homicide Victims - that became nationally recognized models for giving victims and their families the crucial assistance they needed during times of crisis.
In 2000, Victim Services Agency became Safe Horizon, a name that emphasized our belief that every person impacted by violence and abuse deserves to have a "safe horizon," a day when they could look forward to a better and safer tomorrow.
Today, Safe Horizon is the largest organization helping victims of crime and abuse in the United States. We continue to be recognized and sought out as leading experts on violence and victimization both nationally and globally. Our dedicated staff responds to more than 250,000 children, adults, and families each year. Thanks to our committed supporters, Safe Horizon continues to provide comprehensive services that help victims overcome crisis and become survivors as they restore their lives.
Safe Horizon is at the forefront of the justice system and woven into the fabric of the communities we serve.
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims, their families and communities.
Who We Help
We know that violence and abuse can affect anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, location, or background. Our programs and services are available to children, youth, women, men, and families facing crisis.
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