A Safe Place is looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks.

Duties of the Administrative Assistant include providing support to employees, assisting in  daily office needs and managing  the Agency’s administrative activities, organizing and scheduling appointments, answering  and directing phone calls,  developing and maintaining the  filing system, maintaining contact lists and donor database, managing social media, managing and reconciling invoices ,providing general support to visitors .Please  submit resume and cover letter to  Jennifer Frazee , Director of Program Services at 5B Windy Way  or email to



April is also Child Abuse Awareness Month.  In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. What our research showed, and what our experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.

Check out Prevent Child Abuse America® website for more info

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness                                                                                      about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.

This year, SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to help individuals, communities and the private sector understand how they can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens. #embraceyourvoice


The Clothesline Project

On Saturday, April 28, A Safe Place will be exhibiting its annual display of the Clothesline Project in the Nantucket Atheneum. Garden from 9:30AM – 12:30PM.

The local Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women, children and men.  This emotionally moving art project consist of t-shirts decorated by local survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The t-shirts are hung on a clothesline display to honor survivors and to memorialize victims, help with the healing process, educate, document and raise awareness of the issues of domestic violence and sexual  assault.




On Sunday, May 27th, A Safe Place will present   a FREE screening of I am Evidence, an HBO film that sheds light on the reasons behind the alarming number of untested rape kits in the United States.

Produced by Mariska Hargitay, actor, director, and Joyful Heart Foundation Founder & President, I am Evidence tells the story of four survivors whose rape kits went untested for years, following them as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system and learn that, so often, the system is broken.  This award winning film was a featured documentary at the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival.

Please join us at the Dreamland Theater at 5PM on May 27th.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring prominent Nantucketers who deal with this issue for our island.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity – contact the Dreamland box office or their website to obtain your free ticket!


5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

JOIN US for WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES 2018, the Agency’s signature fundraising event on Saturday, June 23rd. This year the entire Nantucket Community is invited to walk up Main Street to   raise awareness of the profound issues of domestic violence and sexual assault on our beautiful island. Men, women and children will walk to promote knowledge and sensitivity of these issues which we are fighting every day. The success of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes means so much to everyone at A Safe Place.  With the community’s past support for the past five years, we’ve been able to raise awareness about sexual violence against women by teaching both men and women how to be “empowered bystanders.”  While this day is full of fun, it drives home this important message and is a symbolic gesture for all of us to express empathy for women who everyday face the threat of violence.

Last year over 60 men & boys showed us they could “strut their stuff” in the highest heels.   This year we are inviting women and children to participate in the Walk – with or without high heels

Registration is only $20 and we encourage businesses, clubs and other organizations to form teams and challenge each other for the most funds raised.  Check out our Crowdrise page at: and on Facebook @asafeplaceACK

Please join us at Children’s Beach Saturday June 23rd 10AM, Rain Date Sunday June 24th.   Hope to see you there!

Jimmy Tingle: Humor for Humanity

White Heron Theater Company  will present comedian Jimmy Tingle Saturday, August 14, 2017 in support of A Safe Place. Ten dollars ($10.00) of each ticket sold will be contributed to A Safe Place by the White Heron in support of our island wide  programs and services. Please know, as well, that all funds donated to A Safe Place will be used to further our on island  advocacy and counseling services at no cost  to our clients.

We are most grateful for this amazing opportunity to partner with the White Heron. A Safe Place can only achieve its goals  with the assistance of generous donations  from members of our community. Since our organization relies on the individuals like you, we ask that you consider attending the Jimmy Tingle presentation August 14th. A Safe Place staff and informational materials will be available in the White Heron lobby  before the performance.

Ticket Information

Box Office Open Daily 4 pm – 7:30 pm
5 North Water Street (behind the Whaling Museum)

Please take a moment to read and reflect on the names of those in Massachusetts who were victims of Domestic Violence Homicide since last October.  Honor their memory by moving forward with resolve to help those currently struggling with violence in their homes and to work to prevent violence in the future by modeling healthy relationships.

candle light vigil

  • November 8, 2014: Audilia Daveiga, 33, of Springfield, shot to death in her home by her boyfriend, Paulo Rosa, 30, who subsequently killed himself. Daveiga is survived by two young sons.
  • December 20, 2014: Tanya Nichols, 51, of Marblehead, killed by her boyfriend, John Devine, 28. Nichols died from blunt force trauma to the head from a table Devine threw at her.
  • December 31, 2014: Gloria Resto, 42, of Waltham, was stabbed to death by her husband Julio Resto, 51, in their home. Resto is survived by two sons from a previous relationship.
  • January 5, 2015: Yahaira Hernandez, 30, of Springfield was found fatally shot to death in a running car.  Police identified the incident as an act of domestic violence by Pedro Vasquez, 40.
  • February 5, 2015: Lisa Trubnikova, 31, of Bourne was fatally shot by Adrian Loya, a fellow Coastguard worker who had been obsessed with her for years. A responding officer, Jared MacDonald, and Lisa’s wife, Anna, both suffered serious injuries from the incident.
  • February 11, 2015: Kathryn Mauka, 17, of Springfield was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend. There was no sign of forced entry into the home.
  • February 14, 2015: Anonymous, of Milford
  • February 15, 2015: Omar Mendez, 39, of Lawrence was fatally stabbed at his apartment by his live-in boyfriend, Miguel Rivera, 50.
  • February 17, 2015: Anonymous, of Tewksbury
  • March 11, 2015: Salina Merritt, 29, of Springfield was fatally stabbed, allegedly by Erick Buchanon, 46. Two other people were stabbed in the attack and survived their injuries. Merritt had one daughter and two sons.
  • March 18, 2015: Michelle Batista, 31, of Framingham was fatally shot by her boyfriend, Allen Murphy, 27, who then committed suicide.
  • March 27, 2015: Donna Buonanduci, 45, of Peabody was beaten to death with a hammer and bat by her ex-husband, Joseph Buonanduci. They had been divorced in February and had a 17 year old son.
  • March 27, 2015: Anonymous, of Webster
  • May 5, 2015: Monique Van Zandt, 25, of Springfield was fatally stabbed by her boyfriend Van Dorsey, 27, while he was allegedly under the influence of PCP. He claims to have no memory of the incident.
  • May 17, 2015: Christine Giordano, 45, of Wakefield was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Daniel Burns, 42, when she sought him out to reconcile.
  • June 11, 2015: Cedric Taylor, 37, of Leominster was stabbed by his girlfriend, Stephanie Cruz, 28, after being released from the Worcester County House of Corrections where he had been awaiting trial on a domestic assault and battery charge against her.
  • June 16, 2015: Cheryl Young, 55, of Peabody was stabbed in the heart by her live-in boyfriend Brandon Hoar, 59 who claimed he had by trying to protect Young’s 5 year old granddaughter from Young, who suffers from bipolar disorder.
  • July 14, 2015: Matilde Gabin, 33, of Lawrence was shot to death in her driveway by her estranged husband, Nelson Delarosa, 65, who then committed suicide. She had filed for divorce in June.
  • September 1, 2015: Kate Church, 31, of Georgetown, died most likely from injuries inflicted by her husband, Matthew Church, 33, earlier in the day. She had refused medical treatment and when the police returned to check on her, she was dead.


A Life Has Ended

A life has ended, with the passing of a friend,
the memories of times, have come to an end,
their threads wove the fabric of an earlier day.

A life has ended, with the passing of a friend,
sunrises and sunsets, bright days and dark nights
circled again and again, and gave context to this life,
moment after moment, their life was lived each day.

A life has ended, with the passing of a friend,
lives have been touched by the dear one’s journey,
laughter, tears, hopes, fears, a life has come to an end 
memories hold their spirit alive, in my own life.

A life has ended, with the passing of a friend,
the loss of future moments, that will not be,
grateful for moments shared, that nourished me,
moments lived, in casual belief, they would never end.

A part of me has ended, with the passing of a friend,
be they gone from the earthly plane, their spirit soars,
to renew again, in summerland, heaven or another life,
I know not where, but their love remains with me,
for in this life, we friends, did share.

I miss my friend, but they will always be near, inside
of me, inside you, and all who took time to hear,
the music of this life so dear, a life now silent,
living only in the memory, of those who survive.

Copyright Abby Willowroot 2009


Take a Night Off for A Safe Place

Take the Night Off

photo courtesy of Shawn Monaco

You can spend time doing something with your family and friends (or by yourself) and still support A Safe Place!

Consider the following activities:

  • Meet a friend and walk your dog at Tupancy Links. ($50)
  • Pack a picnic and take in a free concert at Children’s Beach. ($100)
  • Look at the boats and browse the art galleries on the wharves. ($250)
  • Watch the sunset and go star-gazing with your sweetheart.. ($500)
  • Order take-out and enjoy a relaxing evening at home! ($1,000)

Make your donation to Take a Night Off online or print out the RSVP Card (PDF) and send it to A Safe Place, 5B Windy Way, Nantucket, MA 02554.