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In 1975, a pilot program began in New York City's court system that addressed the urgent need to assist criminal court witnesses who had been intimidated, or who felt too threatened to testify in court. Three years later, that pilot program became the Victim Services Agency, offering a broader array of services that helped more victims of crime and abuse.
By 1981, the Victim Services Agency provided programs for victims of domestic violence, offering them shelter, counseling, and other practical support. Over the next three decades, the Victim Services Agency created other innovative programs - from Streetwork to Families of Homicide Victims - that became nationally recognized models for giving victims and their families the crucial assistance they needed during times of crisis.
In 2000, the Victim Services Agency became Safe Horizon, a change in name that emphasized our belief that every person impacted by violence and abuse deserves to have a "safe horizon," a day when they could look forward to a better and safer tomorrow.
Today, Safe Horizon is the largest organization helping victims of crime and abuse in the United States. We continue to be recognized and sought out as leading experts on violence and victimization, both nationally and globally. Our dedicated staff responds to more than 250,000 children, adults, and families each year. Thanks to our committed supporters, Safe Horizon continues to provide comprehensive services that help victims overcome crisis and become survivors as they restore their lives.
Safe Horizon is at the forefront of the justice system and woven into the fabric of the communities we serve.
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.