Do You Need Help? imageSafelight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides support for survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse. We make it possible for families who want to be free of violent relationships, to succeed. We make hope real.

If you are in Immediate Danger, Call 9-1-1

828.693.3840
24 Hours Daily

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Know of someone who is not safe?

If you would like to talk with someone, call or come by. That's why we are here.

We are located at:
133 5th Ave W, Hendersonville, NC
Corner of Church St and 5th Ave

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What makes Safelight Different?

We provide not only immediate short-term help to children and adults in crisis, but we help them work towards long term solutions.

Safelight gives individuals who have experienced interpersonal violence, sexual abuse and child abuse a real second chance, an opportunity to redesign and better their lives.

Today, due to Safelight's broad community support and partners, we are addressing needs in mental health, substance abuse, employment and housing.

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Organizational Summary


Safelight, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Safelight” or the “Agency”) is a private, non-profit organization that is committed to breaking the cycle of interpersonal violence.

Safelight since 1984 has been providing trauma informed services that allow survivors of interpersonal violence (i. e. domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse, child abuse, etc.) to build new, violence-free lives in a sustainable way.

Safelight is a comprehensive nonprofit serving survivors and we offer a continuum of services helping move survivors from crisis to sustainability. Safelight is known as the primary service provider for survivors in Henderson County.

Safelight provides a multifaceted approach to counteracting abuse and violence in our community as we serve all survivors of interpersonal violence. All services and programs are offered free-of-charge in a secure, nonjudgmental environment conducive to recovery from abuse and trauma.

Through our continuum of programs, we help survivors begin the process of overcoming the physical and emotional trauma these include the largest 24/7 emergency shelter and hotline for survivors in western NC, counseling center with individual and support group services, an accredited child advocacy center performing child medical exams and forensic interviews, a family advocacy center offering legal, law enforcement and medical advocacy and linkages to care, a job training program onsite and outreach program for prevention and education in our community.

By removing barriers, Safelight’s services heal lives and create a safer, healthier community.

Safelight’s services are offered to all survivors (and their families) of interpersonal//domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information (including family medical history.

Safelight services are offered free of charge (exception is DVIP for perpetrators) and none shall not be denied based on ability to pay.

In 2021


1,150

crisis calls answered
 

166

were sheltered
filling 7,729 beds

238

children served by the Child Advocacy Center
 

105

served by the Family Advocacy Center
 

295

served by the Counseling Center

66

enrolled in the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, to work on breaking the cycle of violence.

28

were provided Job Training
 

2,649

received Community Advocacy and Prevention Education
 

"We are not just statistics these are our neighbors, our community"

Community Partners


LGBTQ are welcome
Safelight is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). To the end, we pledge to always self-reflect and regularly assess ways that we can continually improve our policy and procedures to best serve our community.

This means we will:

  • Be advocates for underrepresented groups in our area of expertise in our community
  • Encourage community collaborations to assist our work in the community to serve underrepresented groups
  • Continually learn and reevaluate to reflect best DEI practices in our policy and procedures
  • Promote DEI through ongoing trainings for current staff
  • Safelight welcomes all survivors (and their families) of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information (including family medical history).

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2021-2022 Annual Sponsors:

Stuller Power Solutions
Champion Comfort Experts
Advent Health

Funded By:

Governors Crime Commission
Council For Women
Family Violence Prevention Services Program
United Way
Hunter Hometown Foundation
Mary Kay Foundation

Memberships and Affiliations:

NCCASA Member
NCCADV Member
NCA Accredited Member
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