Wednesday, December 21, 2016, Portsmouth, NH- We are very proud of all that we’ve accomplished in our first year as a merged agency. To learn more about the work we’re doing in our community, please feel free to access and download our annual report here.

Haven receives $25,000 in grants

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Portsmouth, NH– Haven, a crisis agency providing support for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking received a $5,000 grant from the N.H. Women’s Foundation and a $20,000 grant from the N.H. Charitable foundation to support critical programs and services in southeastern New Hampshire.

The N.H. Women’s Foundation grant will go directly to supporting Haven’s Safe Kids Strong Teens violence prevention education program. The grant will provide additional funding to support the reach of the program that currently sees 10,000 students annually in Rockingham and Strafford counties. Safe Kids Strong Teens works to prevent child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, bullying and teen dating violence.

The N.H. Charitable Foundation grant will support Haven’s operations. A Safe Place and SASS merged last July to become Haven, the largest violence prevention and support services agency in New Hampshire. It provides free, confidential support services for victims and survivors affected by domestic and sexual violence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It offers comprehensive support services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking with a main Portsmouth office at 20 International Drive, Suite 300 at Pease International Tradeport and additional offices in Rochester and Salem. Haven also provides short-term emergency shelter at an undisclosed location for women and their children fleeing violent living situations.

For more information, visit www.havennh.org. Haven’s 24-hour confidential hotline is (603) 994-SAFE (7233). For more information about the foundations, visit www.nhwomensfoundation.org or www.nhcf.org.

UNH's Prevention Innovations Research Center Gives First Award for Leadership in Ending Gender-Based Violence

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Durham, NH – The Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at the University of New Hampshire recognized the work of Kathy Beebe, executive director of HAVEN, the largest nonprofit agency in the state providing support services and prevention education to those impacted by domestic and sexual violence, with its first PIRC Practitioner Award.

The award recognizes individuals for their vision and leadership in ending gender-based violence, including sexual and relationship violence and stalking. It was established in 2015 to honor individual accomplishments, rather than the work of an organization.

“We are delighted to be able to make this inaugural award to someone of Kathy’s stature,” said PIRC co-directors Sharyn Potter and Jane Stapleton. “Her leadership has made a difference in the community where survivors know they will receive support as well as a response that will make it a safer place for them to live. Her work across 26 years demonstrates the best of what a domestic and sexual violence prevention leader can be. As researchers and practitioners, we sought to highlight and honor exactly that. We hope by shining a light on someone like Kathy that we encourage others to find their own path of making a difference for survivors, for communities, and as a result for all of us.”

HAVEN is a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based, non-profit organization that provides support and services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence as well as comprehensive domestic and sexual violence prevention and education programs throughout the Portsmouth area for youth and adults.

The Prevention Innovations Research Center team is made up of researchers and practitioners who work collaboratively to develop and evaluate prevention strategies; evidence-based measures to document the problems of sexual and relationship violence and stalking; and comprehensive community tools to effectively address the causes of violence. Their work is nationally and internationally recognized for its contributions to the prevention of sexual and relationship violence and stalking, and research and prevention efforts emphasize the importance of using a community and bystander focus while examining the continuum of violence.

CAPTION: Kathy Beebe (left), executive director of HAVEN, receives the first practitioner’s award from UNH’s Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC). Also pictured (l-r) are Jane Stapleton and Sharyn Potter, co-directors of PIRC, and Lyn Schollett, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Reported from: The University of New Hampshire (http://www.unh.edu/news/releases/2015/12/em09prevention.cfm)

Pease businesses give HAVEN a boost

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Newington, NH– Haven, the nonprofit formed by this year’s merger of A Safe Place and Sexual Assault Support Services, was honored at a breakfast Tuesday morning by neighboring companies on the Pease Tradeport.

The Tenants Association at Pease (TAP) selects a charitable organization to support each year, and this year the choice is new Pease tenant Haven, said Michael Fischer, president of TAP. TAP will promote Haven to its member companies throughout 2016 and, at the breakfast, began its support with donations.

“Haven is excited to be partnering with TAP for 2016, and so appreciate the support,” said Kathy Beebe, executive director of Haven.

Beebe was given $545 in gift cards and $1,500 in donations through Long Term Care Partners, the TAP member company that hosted the breakfast.

“Elizabeth Callahan of LTCP, and also a member of the TAP board said the company has casual Friday, where employees are allowed to wear jeans. She said for $2, they can wear jeans on a Thursday, too. The $1,500 was raised through that incentive, to be donated to Haven, said Callahan.

Beebe has devoted 26 years to helping victims of domestic and sexual violence in Rockingham and Strafford counties.

“For 35 years, both of the agencies have been helping victims,” said Beebe. “As Haven, our goal is to continue and expand those services. Our goal is also to stop and prevent domestic and sexual violence. We have age-appropriate programs for kids from kindergarten through high school, to teach and hopefully to end the cycles.”

To help demonstrate, Haven employee Rhiannon Duke popped in with Zowie, one of the puppets used when working in the schools with young children. Beebe said they talk about personal body safety when working with young children.

“We reach 11,000 kids a year,” said Beebe. “But there are 40,000 students in our area, so we need to do more.”

Beebe said the two former agencies helped over 3,000 people last year through their shelter and support groups, 24-hour hotline and advocacy. She said they will will go with women to the hospital and to court to seek protective orders.

Haven is located at 20 International Drive, Suite 300 at Pease. To learn more or to donate, visit havennh.org.

Reported in Seacoastonline.com by Karen Dandurant 

Warm Welcome of Support for HAVEN

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Portsmouth, NH- Emerging as the largest violence prevention and support service agency in New Hampshire, HAVEN, formerly known as A Safe Place and SASS continues to be met with community support as it strives to make Southeastern New Hampshire a safer and healthier place to live.

Since moving the main office of HAVEN to Pease International Tradeport, numerous individuals, businesses and groups have reached out to welcome and support the agency. Political officials, community partners and groups like the Seacoast Women After Work have already toured HAVEN’s main facility.

The Tenants Association of Pease (TAP) announced HAVEN as the annual Charitable Giving Breakfast recipient that took place on December 8, 2015 at Café Arboretum. The Seacoast Women’s Network also selected HAVEN as the beneficiary of their annual Member Holiday Party on December 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Hotel.

Companies such as Timberland, Liberty Mutual and Bank W. Holdings have all participated in a day of volunteer service that included fall cleanup and painting projects at HAVEN’s emergency shelter.

Board Chair, Andrea Lewy said, “The success of our agency cannot be accomplished without the support of individual donors and our community partners. HAVEN is so fortunate and grateful to all that give generously of their time and financial support so that we are able to continue working towards our goal of Ending Violence and Changing Lives.”

With a budget of 1.3 million, HAVEN relies on community partners, sponsorships, donations and fundraising events to support its programs and services.

From June 30, 2014 to July 1, 2015, the agency provided free and confidential support services to over 3000 individuals and families in client services and shelter programs and reached over 11,000 children, parents and teachers with critical information about safety and awareness through the Safe Kids Strong Teens prevention education program.

The support services of HAVEN include a 24-hour confidential hotline 1-603-994-SAFE (7233) as well as accompaniments to area hospitals, police stations, Child Advocacy Centers and courts. Trained advocates provide judgment-free emotional support and information on options, safety planning, protective orders, emergency shelter, therapist referrals and support groups.

HAVEN is dedicated to addressing public health through violence prevention. The Safe Kids Strong Teens, K-12 prevention education program of HAVEN is presented in schools throughout Rockingham and Strafford Counties with the goal to protect children from sexual abuse, bullying, sexual harassment and teen dating violence.

There are many ways to get involved and support HAVEN. In November, Nimble Creative Group launched a new website for the agency at www.havennh.org designed to give visitors easier access to support services, resources and information on volunteer opportunities, corporate giving and donations.

The main office of HAVEN is located at 20 International Drive, suite 300, Portsmouth, NH. Additional offices providing confidential support services are located in Rochester and Salem. For questions about the programs and services of HAVEN, please contact the main office 603-436-4107.

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