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Ellie's Safe Haven Program

The Ellie's Safe Haven Program is dedicated to Ellie's memory and the undeniable love she had for her pets. Tragically in 2001 Ellie lost her life as a result of domestic violence. Ellie's love and devotion for her pets and the fear that something may happen to them if she did leave her home left her in a position were she felt that she could not leave.

With the support of Ellie's family and friends CARES created the Ellie's Safe Haven Program to encourage victims of domestic violence who fear for the safety of their family pets to seek assistance. This assistance may include temporary housing and vet care.

CARES will partner with selected women's domestic violence shelters in the area and will provide a set amount of monthly funds to assist in the care of these family pets .

Domestic violence constitutes the willful intimidation, assault, battery, sexual assault or other abusive
behavior perpetrated by one family member, household member, or intimate partner against another.

If Someone you Know is Involved in an Abusive Relationship

  • Become involved. Advise victims of ways you can help (i.e., providing housing, money, child care, etc.). Help victims locate shelter and resources. If you hear a violent incident occurring, call the police.

  • Demonstrate concern. Tell victims the abuse is not their fault. Let them know you are afraid for their welfare and the welfare of their children or pets. Many victims may not be able to see the harm violence does to their family until someone outside the family voices their concern.

  • Provide support and encouragement. Victims should hear from friends and family that they are worth better treatment and deserve to be loved. Supportive positive messages may enable victims to find the strength within themselves to escape the violence. Understand if victims are reluctant to leave: staying may be a survival strategy. Let victims know you are willing to help when they are ready to ask for assistance.

(Reference: The National Center For Victims Of Crime)

Click here to read a note from Ellie's Family

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