With International Women’s Day in March, Viora hosted a Night of Beauty and offer free treatments to those women taking shelter at the Safe Harbor Crisis Center. This activity let us give back to the women who truly touch our hearts and to share our message of love; that they are not alone, and that they too, are beautiful. Safe Harbor Crisis Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to their communities.
“It was very rewarding to give treatments to such thankful sweet ladies” – says Denise (Viora Inc.).
Viora provided exfoliation with Pristine, our Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion device and Reaction, our Radio Frequency Skin Tightening system. “Giving back to our communities and making women feel beautiful is the reason we are in this industry. Our treatments help rejuvenate the skin by exfoliation and brining the cells back to life which in turn makes the skin feel soft and look much brighter, and we wanted to bring some sunshine back into the lives of the women at Safe Harbor.” Says Holly (Viora Inc.) from Utah, USA.
“While talking with a volunteer at the Crisis Center I learned that ‘Utah has a higher rate of domestic violence related homicides than the national average. Over 40% of homicides in Utah over the last ten years were domestic violence related. Domestic violence affects everyone. I also learned that nationally, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence, but in Utah that number is 1 in 3 according to the most recent figures available from the Utah Office on Domestic and Sexual Violence.’ ”
“I loved seeing the joy that this evening of pampering brought to our clients at the shelter. They talked for days about how nice their skin felt and how nice it was that Viora came and did this for them.” – A volunteer at Safe Harbor quoted. “Thank you for coming and making us look and feel beautiful again! You were so nice to us. It was fun to just relax for a couple of hours to socialize and get pampered. It’s been about a week and my face still feels really nice. Thank you!” – A client from Safe Harbor said.
Safe Harbor Crisis Center opened their doors to women and their children in 1997 and provides free services such as Emergency Protective Shelter; Domestic Violence Outreach Services; Domestic Violence Diversity Program; Children’s Services; 24-Hour Crisis Response; Domestic Violence Housing; Sexual Assault Services; Protective Order Assistance; and Community Outreach and Education; the Economic Empowerment Program and the Lethality Assessment Protocol. The programs and services at Safe Harbor Crisis Center serve women, children and men impacted by sexual and domestic violence victimization and are essential to help survivors lead a life free of violence.
Knowing that there is a safe place for these women to go and promoting awareness truly saves lives.
Some facts about domestic violence:
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence and in Utah that number is 1 in 3.
- Women who experience intimate partner violence are 80% more likely to have a stroke and 70% more likely to have heart disease.
- Children exposed to violence are more likely to fail or have difficulty in school, have behavioral issues, suffer from anxiety or depression, engage in criminal behavior, or abuse drugs or alcohol.
- Since 2000, domestic violence related homicides accounted for at least 42% of all adult homicides in Utah. In 2015, that percentage climbed to account for 47% of homicides.
In total, in the last fiscal year Safe Harbor provided the following:
- 438 adult domestic violence survivors and child witnesses found safety in our protective emergency shelter for almost 16,000 shelter nights.
- Safe Harbor Crisis Center provided 3,176 casework hours to survivors and their children.
- The organization assisted 2,617 clients through their ten programs.
- 8,811 crisis calls were answered between their domestic violence, protective order, and sexual assault crisis lines.
- The 24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Response Team responded to 65 crisis calls.
What an amazing organization! We are truly grateful for this experience and for the shelter and love Safe Harbor provides. Awareness is key, and knowing that there is a safe place to turn makes all the difference.