Office(419) 281-3716  Hours: M, W, F 7a-5p; T & Th: 7a-8p (limited services)-Please call ahead
24 Hour Crisis: (419) 289-6111   Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741
Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence: (419) 289-8085

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 is where one person plays mind games with and controls his or her partner, or makes the partner feel humiliated.
  • Spiritual abuse is 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

June is LGBTQIA Pride Month

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It is important to recognize the mental health needs of the LGBTQ+ members of our community. According to NAMI, LGB youth are more than twice as likely to report experiencing persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness than their heterosexual peers. Transgender youth face are twice as likely to experience depressive symptoms, seriously consider suicide, and attempt suicide compared to cisgender lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning youth.

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Giving yourself permission to take care of yourself is essential for good mental health care. None of us can burn the candle at both ends and up in a good place. We eventually wear down. When you feel yourself being emotionally tapped out, take time to refuel. This will look different for each of us. For some, getting away with family and friends is reenergizing. For others a weekend of solitude does the trick. However you are wired, make sure you keep a check on your emotional tank and when it is getting empty, take the time to recharge. 

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Being mentally healthy requires us to take a holistic approach. As Mr. Miyagi said in the 1st karate kid movie, “our whole life is a balance”. We need to make sure that we are taking care of our mind, body and spirit. We do that through activities and exercises that connect us to those domains of our life. Behavioral Health care is part of our mission at Appleseed.

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