Safe Passage, Inc.

The Mission of Safe Passage is to provide

  • Intervention services to victims of domestic violence that facilitate healing, independence, and empowerment.

  • Domestic Violence prevention and education programs that promote a safe, nurturing environment for the communities we serve.

Safe Passage is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization, dedicated to helping individuals and families live strong, safe lives that are free of violence.

Since 1997 Safe Passage, Inc. has provided domestic violence victim services throughout Southeastern Indiana. Support is available through the 24 toll-free HelpLine, residential shelter and outreach services.

We focus our services on Indiana residents of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland Counties; however we offer assistance to anyone who contacts our HelpLine.

All services are free and confidential.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the use of physical, threatening, or controlling behavior by a spouse, partner, or someone involved in a dating relationship. This abuse often becomes more frequent and increasingly violent over time.

Domestic violence affects both the victim's mental and physical health.

Domestic violence may include or be a combination of: slapping, strangling, shoving, pushing, burning, biting, grabbing, hitting, punching, using a weapon, rape, forced sexual acts, threats, insults, harassment, isolation, confinement, ignoring, lying, neglect and controlling of finances.

Violence in the home has a devastating effect on children who hear, observe or are aware of the behavior.

Domestic Violence Statistics

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime
  • One in five female high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  • 40-60 percent of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also abused their children.
  • Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to exhibit behavioral and physical health problems including depression, anxiety, and violence towards peers. They are more likely to commit suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, and run away from home.

What is Teen Dating Violence?

According to the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, teen dating violence is a pattern of behavior that someone uses to gain control over his or her dating partner. It includes: physical abuse such as hitting, pushing, slapping; verbal abuse such as name calling, insults, degrading comments; emotional abuse which includes twisting your words, manipulating, keeping you away from friends; or sexual abuse such as unwanted touched and forced physical contact. It also includes digital abuse which is when your partner using your cell phone, facebook or other social networks to control, monitor, humiliate, or embarrass you.

Check out the Teen Power and Control Wheel which shows the different ways a partner may try to gain and maintain power.

How common is dating violence?

The facts are startling:
  • 1 in 4 teens have been in an abusive relationship
  • 1 in 11 Indiana High School students reports being physically forced to have sex.
  • About 1 in 5 high school girls have been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner each year.
  • Approximately 8% of boys and 9% of girls have been to an emergency room for an injury received from a dating partner.
  • Rates of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use are more than twice as high in girls who report physical dating violence or sexual abuse than for girls who report not having experienced violence.
  • 73% of teens said they would turn to a friend for help.

What are some signs that my partner is abusing me?

Does your partner:
  • Check your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly text you (asking where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, what you are wearing, etc)
  • Check up on you by checking your cell phone, reading your text messages, follow you
  • Put you down
  • Act jealous or insecure
  • Have an explosive temper
  • Isolate you from family or friends
  • Make false accusations and/or twist what you say
  • Not take responsibility for his/her actions; constantly blame others
  • Have frequent mood swings
  • Physically hurt you in any way
  • Act possessive
  • Tell you what to do
  • Make threats (can happen over text)

As a parent or friend, how will I know if my child/friend is in an unhealthy relationship?

The following are warning signs:
  • Giving up hobbies or other activities that they once enjoyed
  • Worrying all the time about making their boyfriend or girlfriend jealous
  • Apologizing for their partner's behavior or make excuses for them
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Spending a lot of time with the person they're dating, but not with other friends
  • Receiving constant texts or calls from their partner
  • Having unexplained injuries, or give explanations that don't make any sense
  • Changing noticeable things about their behavior, clothing, academic goals, or friendships.

What Can I Do?

  • Call our 24/7 crisis Helpline and talk to an advocate about what is going on.
  • Turn off your phone if you partner is controlling you through text messaging (make sure though that your parent/guardian knows how to get in touch with you)
  • Don't respond to inappropriate or harassing messages because this will encourage the person to send you more.
  • Save abusive text messages - tell a parent, teacher, counselor, someone you trust
  • Block the person from your phone

For tips on how to talk to your children, visit Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence site at:

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