The current safe center does not have immediate access for people with disabilities and does not allow for multiple survivors to receive services simultaneously. Additionally, the existing safe center does not allow for survivors to enter the building separately, reducing anonymity. Once renovated, the new SAFE Center will include two waiting areas, two exam rooms, two interview rooms, four restrooms (two with showers), permanent and temporary evidence storage rooms, front and rear access to the building for privacy and confidentiality, counseling rooms, and several rooms for use by staff and law enforcement personnel. In addition, a large conference room will serve for meetings and trainings. The SAFE Center will offer a place where sexual assault victims and their families can find support and compassion and be assured that “You’re Safe Here”. With this additional space, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville expects to provide forensic exams, free counseling and advocacy for all who walk through our doors.
The Women’s Center of Jacksonville is raising $3 million for the purchase, renovation and operations of the SAFE center, located at 5300 Emerson Street. The organization is offering a variety of opportunities to participate in this community initiative to create a safe place for sexual assault survivors.
This state of the art facility will allow victims to begin their journey of healing the moment they walk in the door. Your support will help victims become survivors. Your support will provide an environment where the newest technology is used to secure forensic evidence and ensure accountability for violent offenders. After all, rape is not one survivor’s problem, it is a community problem, and in Jacksonville, we are committed to alleviating the pain, shame and suffering that rape brings to so many members of our community.
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