Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven

Safe Haven provides prevention, intervention, support, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking in Ashland County 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Programs include: 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, case management, court advocacy, hospital advocacy, campus advocacy, support groups, individualized safety planning, resources and information, outreach, and prevention education.

You're Not Alone

In the event of domestic violence or sexual abuse, you are not to blame.  Safe Haven takes the time to listen to your story, because be we believe you. We are on your side.  We accept people of all ages and genders, races, and identities without judgment. 

If you are a survivor

Get to a safe place and call someone for help.

  1. Call or meet with an advocate. Our office can be reached at 419-282-6097 or our 24/7 hotline at 419-289-8085.
  2. We can meet you somewhere safe. If you feel as though you cannot come to us, one of our trained advocates will meet at a neutral, safe place
  3. We’ll figure out where to go from here. Next steps in this process can be scary. Our biggest priority is your health and safety. We’ll work with you to figure out what’s next.
  4. Get the support you need. We stand by you and help you lead a healthier life as you get the care you need.

If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence, you are not alone. Contact us via our 24-hour crisis hotline at 419-289-8085 to speak with a trained advocate or visit safehavenofashland.org for more information. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Our program is a member of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and considered a Rape Crisis Center in the State of Ohio.

The Safe Haven program is funded in part by United Way of Ashland County.

Domestic Violence 

  • Emotional abuse, where one person plays mind games with and controls his or her partner, or makes the partner feel humiliated.
  • Spiritual abuse, when one partner uses the Bible to manipulate and control the other’s behavior, or to justify the physical abuse.
  • Financial abuse, or restricting your access to money or a job, and making a person ask for money to spend on food, clothing or entertainment.
  • Mental abuse involves controlling a person’s ability to think for herself. A partner that isolates you from your family, damages your or someone else’s personal property, or waves weapons around to intimidate you—these are all examples of mental abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Defining sexual abuse and violence can be confusing. You may have been experiencing this type of abuse for years and haven’t even known it. Your partner may lean towards one type of abuse over others. Be aware of this kind of behavior:

    • Unwanted touching or touching you against your will
    • Pressing you for sexual relations
    • Threatening consequences if you do not engage in sexual contact
    • Ignoring you after you say "no"
    • Posting nude photos/videos of you without your consent
    • Forcing you to relive past sexual experiences

Taking action after sexual abuse can save a life. Aside from the emotional trauma, there are also physical health issues to consider. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault and/or rape we strongly encourage you to step forward, get medical attention immediately, and start your road to recovery.

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Recent Updates

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you are in a circumstance in which you are being abused in anyway physically, emotionally, or sexually reach out for help. You deserve to be treated well and in a safe, caring relationship. Help is available by calling Appleseed’s Safe Haven program 24-hour crisis hotline at 419-289-8085. Visit www.safehavenofashland.org for more information.

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Appleseed reaches GuideStar’s highest Seal of Transparency for the Second Year in a Row

Appleseed earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics that highlight the progress that Appleseed is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

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Safe Haven Announces Events to Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by an intimate partner against another and happens across all genders, ages, races, and other demographics. This abusive behavior may include physical, emotional, psychological, financial, or sexual abuse. Safe Haven is holding several events to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence throughout October. All events are free and open to the public.  

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