Safety and security are primary concerns at our shelters. Our shelters are staffed 24 hours a day and equipped with additional security measures.
What about security?
Is a battered woman really safe in a shelter?
Can the residents have visitors?
Although no shelter can completely guarantee the safety of its residents, many precautions are taken to help ensure the security of the battered women and children who live there. In Safe Horizon' shelters, there are people on duty 24 hours a day who are trained to respond to emergency situations, and who are able to closely monitor access to the building. The staff can also offer emergency counseling to shelter residents who may need to talk at hours when other residents are asleep.
Women who enter a Safe Horizon' shelter are required to sign a confidentiality agreement that states they will not reveal the location of the residence. If this agreement is violated, a woman may have to move out to ensure her own safety. This disincentive encourages women to keep the shelter address confidential. Because the address of the shelter is confidential, women are not allowed to have visitors or receive telephone calls. However, at Safe Horizon' shelters they are free to meet with their friends at an outside location.