Sarah M. Lloyd, the new executive director of SafePlace,
Thurston County’s domestic violence and sexual assault nonprofit.
Courtesy photo, via The Olympian.
– “Domestic violence is increasing in South Sound. How will we respond?”
By Sarah M. Lloyd, the new executive director of SafePlace, in The Olympian.
“Incidents of domestic and sexual violence are on the rise in our community, and the severity of each situation increases in impact, significance and danger. Though the effects of violence may not have reached your neighborhood specifically, it continues to show up to the detriment of our community.”
“This summer, SafePlace has seen some of the worst accounts of physical violence among our clients since we opened our doors in 1981. This has, unfortunately, become the new normal. Out of about 30 calls per day to our helpline, 25 are extreme cases of physical violence, which often include torture. This is unheard of in our 36-year history, with no signs of stopping.
“Sexual assault also is on the rise in our community. This month our team went out on five rape calls in five days, when the average last year was one per week. The need for support is dramatically increasing, and resources can’t keep up with demand.”
“As these instances of trauma permeate our community, it becomes increasingly important for us to heighten our community competency in trauma-informed care. For some, this shift would be minor or non-existent. The work of many organizations in our community is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methods and standards, and SafePlace is no exception. But a comprehensive problem necessitates a holistic solution, and we’re all accountable to keeping our community safe, healthy and secure.
So, how do we do that? The three main tenets of trauma-informed care are understanding, commitment and practices.”
– Mission Statement of the non-profit SafePlace
“SafePlace works for societal change to prevent sexual and domestic violence while offering crisis intervention, education, and long-term advocacy services.”