As the only domestic violence agency in Johnson County and the largest in the state of Kansas, Safehome has their work cut out for them providing vital resources throughout the community.
Safehome is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sets out to do so by providing free services, including shelter, advocacy, counseling, and legal assistance. Heidi Wooten, the president and CEO, leads with the goal of serving clients to the highest degree and empowering them to establish happy, healthy, and independent lives free of abuse. Since the very beginning, Safehome’s mission has remained the same—to provide safety and hope to those facing domestic violence and partner abuse.
With Safehome just beginning their 40th anniversary, we thought we’d reach out to Wooten to learn a bit more about them in our monthly “By The Numbers” query.
Year Safehome was established: 1980
Total number of beds available in our shelter to women, men, and children: 60
Number of women, men, and children assisted each year: Over 8,000
Number of domestic violence incidents reported in Johnson County alone: 2,883, but most go unreported!
Number of employees: 65
Men who lived in our domestic violence shelter: 6
Of every dollar donated, how much of it goes directly to clients: 91 cents!
Largest single donation in 2019: $400,000
Volunteer hours donated: 22,670
Number of children who received services: 526
Number of individuals who received support from our hotline advocates: 4,799
People assisted with obtaining protection orders from their abusers: 234
How many services are provided at Safehome: 8—including shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling from licensed therapists, healthcare advocacy, children’s services, transitional housing assistance, economic advocacy, and court and legal services.
Number for Safehome’s 24-Hour Hotline: (913) 262-2868. Call if you need help or have concerns about a family member or friend. Please never hesitate to call.