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What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is pattern of behavior that one person uses to maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence is not only physical violence. Sexual violence, psychological aggression or verbal abuse, control of reproductive or sexual health, and physical violence are all forms of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse, often referred to as domestic violence or intimate partner violence, can happen to anyone regardless of race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, class, or religion.

Domestic abuse is a crime. Nobody deserves to be abused.

National Statistics

Nearly 1 in 3 women has been slapped, pushed, or shoved by an intimate partner at some point in her lifetime. This translates to approximately 36.2 million women in the United States.

Nearly half of all women in the United States (48.4% ) have experienced at least one form of psychological aggression by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

Our Services

We offer a wide range of services designed to help individuals and their children find refuge, hope, and healing. Since Safe Haven Ministries has a unique area of expertise in faith and domestic abuse issues, we can offer guidance in this area to those who seek it. All services are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Crisis Intervention, Case Management and Safety Planning

Safe Haven Ministries offers free, 24-hour help for victims of domestic abuse. Trained staff are available to listen and help assess each person’s individual situation. We provide resources and referrals as well as assist each individual in developing a safety plan.

Trained staff are available to help you 24-hours-a-day. Call (616) 452-6664.

Emergency Shelter

For individuals and families fleeing a violent home, Safe Haven Ministries offers an emergency safe shelter.

For more information, call (616) 452-6664.

Domestic Abuse Education Support Group

Learn about the dynamics of domestic abuse, its effects on children, legal issues surrounding abuse, and more in our 8-week support group.

Advanced Education Support Group

For those who have completed the domestic abuse education support group, this advanced support group offers healing from the trauma of domestic abuse.

Case Management

Family advocates with an area of specialty in working with individuals who have experienced domestic abuse can meet with you one-on-one to help provide ongoing support.

For more information, call (616) 452-6664.

Trauma-Intervention Groups for Children

Children who witness domestic abuse are often traumatized by the experience. Safe Haven’s I Feel Better Now is a trauma-intervention group for children ages 7-12. This program also includes a support group for mothers whose children are participating in the program.

For more information, call (616) 452-6664.