Mission And Values
To provide education, guidance, and protection to at-risk victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and victim-witnesses of violent crime.
To provide at-risk victims of abuse and violent crime with the same level of care and protective services traditionally reserved only for the wealthy, or privileged.
Everyone at PROTECTION FROM ABUSE believes that personal safety is an inalienable human right and dignity. We regard protecting others to be humanity’s highest calling and obligation and consider it a privilege to serve our most vulnerable. We do what we do because we can, and we believe that if you can, you should.
WHO WE ARE
PROTECTION FROM ABUSE Security Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Collaborating with Law Enforcement, Victim-Witness Advocates, Federal and State Prosecutors, Houses of Worship, and other community stakeholders, PROTECTION FROM ABUSE educates and protects our most vulnerable. Between our Board of Directors and our Council of Experts, PROTECTION FROM ABUSE brings to bear over 150 years of combined threat assessment, risk mitigation, protective services, military service, and law enforcement experience to those we serve.
RESPONSIBLE NON-PROFIT GOVERNANCE & TRANSPARENCY
We Exist To Serve Others, Not Ourselves
We are committed to best practices non-profit corporate governance, transparency, and responsible stewardship of charitable funds. According to Charity Navigator, only 7 out of 10 charities evaluated spend at least 75% of their budget on the programs and services they exist to provide. We are committed to exceeding the 75% threshold. You can be confident when you donate to PROTECTION FROM ABUSE, your donations are actually used to assist those we serve.
Please feel free to peruse our tax filings, corporate documents, and state registrations.
VICTIM CENTERED ADVOCACY
We are a “victim-centered” service provider. Our advocacy focuses on the needs and concerns of our clients to ensure the compassionate and sensitive delivery of services in a nonjudgmental manner. Our client’s wishes, safety, and well being take priority in all matters and services provided.
COLLABORATION & COOPERATION
We believe the safety and continuity of care for victims is best served by collaboration and cooperation among nonprofit organizations, federal and state agencies, and other community stakeholders. PROTECTION FROM ABUSE will always seek and consider collaborative arrangements that serve to advance the safety and scope of services available to victims and cooperate with other providers of services.
We are an ethical organization and have adopted the Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Assistance Providers as adopted by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Our Board of Directors, Program Managers, Employees, and Volunteers are subject to our ethics policy.
NON DISCRIMINATION & INCLUSION
We serve at-risk victims of abuse without regard to race/ethnicity, language, sex/gender, age, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, social class, economic status, education, marital status, religious affiliation, residency, or HIV status. We also prohibit in our workplace any unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based upon the individual’s protected status, such as gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual identity, age, disability, marital, veteran or other protected status. We also prohibit harassment on the basis of the protected status of an individual’s relatives, friends or associates. Harassment is prohibited at our offices and while employees are conducting business off-site. Our policy applies to all employees, volunteers, and community partners of our organization.
VICTIMS & SURVIVORS
We use the terms “victim” and “Survivor” interchangeably to refer to individuals who were subjected to domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, or child abuse. We believe both terms are critical; “victim” has legal implications within the criminal justice system, and “Survivor” is a term widely attributable to those individuals who have overcome victimization, and we celebrate their courage, fortitude, and resilience. As a victim services provider, our use of the term “victim” is intended to be consistent with its meaning and use within our legal system and is never intended to ignore the courageous journey of the survivors we honor. Survivors are represented among our Board of Directors, Council of Experts, Employees, and Volunteers.
Recent Blog Posts
As the Founder & CEO of an organization that provides services to at-risk victims of domestic violence, one of my biggest challenges winning supporters to our cause is the often reflexive reaction from many among us who simply wonder “why doesn’t she just leave?”read more
On August 14, 2017, Founder and CEO Steven Dana represented PROTECTION FROM ABUSE at the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) 2017 Annual Training Event in San Diego, CA.read more
“I had to have my neighbors come sit in my living room just so I could take a shower. I had to change every bank account, utility account, every password, get two restraining orders, warn my coworkers, friends, and family.” – Jean, a former intimate partner stalking victim and domestic abuse survivor.read more
According to statistics, approximately 1 in 6 women, and 1 in 19 men, will experience stalking in their lifetime. Roughly two-thirds of female stalking victims are targeted by a current or former intimate partner. But what exactly constitutes the crime of stalking?read more