Our mission is to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
We envision a community free of violence where all women, men, and children are treated equally with dignity and respect, and where intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse are no longer tolerated.
Tahoe SAFE Alliance believes every person has the right to live a life free from violence and abuse. We are committed to empowering victims in reclaiming those rights and to educating the community on violence prevention. As a feminist organization, we celebrate women’s contributions to society and honor our foremothers who created the movement to end the inequities and oppression that lead to domestic and sexual violence. We believe in equality for women and men, and recognize that the imbalance of power in our society needs to be rectified through advocating for women’s rights. We believe sexual assault and intimate partner survivors are compelling ambassadors and allies in the movement to end violence.
We know intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse inflicts physical and emotional harm, social distress and economic costs on all victims, including women, men, children and teens, as well as the community at large. Tahoe SAFE Alliance empowers survivors to move through self-sufficiency by providing reliable, consistent and progressive services. We educate the community in order to prevent future violence, sexual assault, and child abuse because we believe violence is learned and can be unlearned.
Confidentiality: We provide a safe and trusting environment for individuals to begin the healing process and learn to empower and protect themselves. We participate in mandatory reporting when required.
Integrity: We promote honesty and sincerity. We encourage truthful dialogue and ethical conduct among clients, staff and the community.
Individuality: We recognize that each staff, volunteer and survivor brings unique attributes, insights and perspectives to the organization. As individuals and as an organization, we promote understanding, compassion, tolerance and respect.
Cultural diversity: We respect cultural differences and perspectives, and strive to be accessible to all people. We support equality and disdain biases while recognizing that differences are relevant to understanding the causes and the elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Equality: We are committed to changing unequal power dynamics related to gender, race/ethnicity, class, educational level, ability, age, sexuality, religion and other forms of oppression. We believe violence against women and children cannot be eradicated if we do not act to end the abuse of power.
Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse survivors, to other staff and volunteers, to our donors and to the community.
A healthy work environment: We promote a work environment that includes honest and open communication, support and respect of each other, and personal and professional well-being.
Principled leadership: We seek leaders who are committed to our mission and values, foster empowerment of others and serve as role models and mentors.
Social change: We believe every institution and member of society must take responsibility for the eradication of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. They are serious crimes and major health problems. For this reason, we advocate for social institutions, including governmental, legal, medical and educational systems, to recognize and address domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, and to hold perpetrators accountable.