Safeline Receives Grant From Granite United Way

Chelsea — Safeline Inc., a local domestic violence advocacy organization, has received a $17,400 grant from Granite United Way. The money will allow Safeline to continue offering individualized financial literacy services to victims and survivors in Orange County and the upper tier towns of Windsor County, Safeline said in a recent news release. The services, part of Safeline’s Economic Justice and Housing Advocacy program, are designed to give victims of domestic violence the tools they need to leave and stay out of abusive situations.

Financial instability and domestic violence are major and closely related problems in Vermont, the agency said. Last summer, five Vermont women were murdered in domestic violence situations. Eighty-one percent of victims served by Safeline in the past year said financial concerns had either kept them trapped in an abusive situation or caused them to return to one.

The organization’s Economic Justice and Housing Advocate works one-on-one with survivors to assess their financial needs and create financial plans to address them; helps them overcome barriers to jobs and education; and collaborates with community partners to provide financial literacy training.

Safeline strives to end physical, emotional and sexual violence against women and children through direct service, education, advocacy and social change.

— Staff report