The mission of Circle Groups is to promote resiliency in children and youth, families, adults, and communities by offering circle program models that create, restore, and sustain healthy relationships. One Circle Foundation recognizes that healthy relationships are the core element to a healthy individual, family, society, and world.
Girls Circle groups foster self-esteem, and help girls maintain authentic connections with peers and adult women in their community. A strengths-based, skill building approach creates a safe space for girls to address risky behaviors, build on protective factors, and improve relationships in a format that interests and engages girls. During this time, girls take turns talking and listening to each other about their concerns and interests. The girls can express themselves further through creative or focused activities, such as role playing, drama, journaling, poetry, and drawing.
The Boys Council meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives, individually and collectively. The Council aims to promote boys’ natural strengths and to increase their options about being male in today’s world. The Council challenges myths about how to be a “real boy” or “real man”. It engages boys in activities, dialogue, and self-expression to question stereotypical concepts and to increase boys’ emotional, social, and cultural literacy by promoting valuable relationships with peers and adult facilitators.
Women's Circle allows women to share, explore, build skills, and encourage one another to live authentically in mind, body, heart, and spirit. When a woman’s strength is affirmed and strengthened in a caring circle, she will gain esteem, confidence and power to live according to her true values. By participating in meaningful, gender-relevant discussions and capacity building activities, women reinforce their vital roles within the community and society. Women grow through and toward relationships as they share diverse strengths and capabilities that shape their lives and their communities. Through discussions and creative arts activities, women address and build skills in the areas of relationships, self-care, clarifying purpose, goal setting, money, conflicts, skills in work and professional life, and more.
We with our local jails on adherence to PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) standards and provide support groups and one-on-one counseling to incarcerated individuals who identify as victims of sexual assault and/or domestic violence prior to their incarceration. Additionally, we provide confidential rape crisis services to incarcerated individuals who have been sexually assaulted while in jail.
Yates Community Child Interview Room
This room provides a safe, confidential, child-friendly space for interviewing child physical and/or sexual abuse victims. The space is available to law enforcement and child protective services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The camera equipment allows for one trained interviewer to speak with the child in the interview room, while others involved with the case (law enforcement, child protective services, DA’s office) watch the interview from another room and communicate with the interviewer via a hidden earpiece to make sure that all necessary questions are asked. Because one single interview minimizes additional trauma to the child, this is considered best-practice interviewing of abused and neglected children. This is the only room of its kind in Yates County and is available to other agencies in need, whether or not they reside in Yates County.
Enough is Enough College Liaison
In 2015, New York State signed in to law the Enough is Enough legislation, which required colleges and universities to take aggressive steps towards ending sexual assault on their campuses. In 2016, Safe Harbors created the position of College Liaison to collaborate with area colleges and universities in both the prevention of sexual violence and the provision of resources to college survivors.
Our College Liaison works with five institutions: Keuka College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Finger Lakes Community College, New York Chiropractic College, and Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing. On all of these campuses, the role of the College Liaison is two-fold; they facilitate and lead prevention and training sessions on topics such as bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and consent while also serving as a crisis advocate for students in the aftermath of a sexual assault or interpersonal violence.
Yates County Victim/Witness Coordinator
Our victim/witness coordinator is housed in the Yates County District Attorney’s office. This staff person provides support throughout the criminal justice process for all victims of violation, misdemeanor, and felony crimes. She provides updates on court proceedings, assistance with OVS compensation claims, advocacy with the District Attorney and local law enforcement, accompaniment to court, and one on one crisis counseling.
Yates County Office Penn Yan, NY
Office Phone: 315-536-9654
24 Hour Hotline: 315-536-2897
Ontario County Office Geneva, NY
Office Phone: 315-781-1093
24 Hour Hotline: 800-247-7273
Seneca County Office Seneca Falls, NY
Office Phone: 315-568-4200
24 Hour Hotline: 800-247-7273