Safe & Secure in Your community

Primary author: Pam Brown

Wellness is a commonly ignored health crisis in rural areas.

What is in this tool?

This tool will help facilitate a better awareness of available resources for community members to improve Physical and Mental Health outcomes by building a sense of Shared Identity as well as Individual Voice and Power.

As a Branch Manager of a small library in a small rural community, most of my community’s needs are apparent, however, there are hidden issues that may not come into the light often but are always there under the surface. Many problems feel way out of our control, like poverty, lack of city support, or housing availability and cost.  

Women are also the most likely people in our communities to be the silent sufferers of harassment, abuse, and assault.  This is a guide for an adaptable enriched program to support women’s feelings of safety and security.

LISTEN: “And the best way to change the kids is to educate them. To show them options. To expose them to other things, other ways of living, other ways of seeing the world. To get them into the library and into community programs where they feel love. Where they are not talked down to. Where they are heard. Where they feel safe.” –Susan, interview #5-2-14

Further Resources

Below are some national resources for individuals and families facing abuse. Many of them can help you identify state and local resources in your area. 

National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and their Loved Ones, this is a number one site that covers everything from elderly abuse to sexual abuse, mental health and suicide resources as well as military and resources from legal help to prevention and training.

(includes 24/7 help, a telephone number (800-656-HOPE), live chat and resources on a national, statewide and local level) Sexual Abuse.

Darkness to light, helps people not only recognize child sexual abuse but actually GET TRAINED to Learn to prevent, recognize, & react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Child Abuse

Child abuse, sometimes called child maltreatment, describes four types of child mistreatment: physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect. In many cases, children are the victims of more than one type of abuse. The abusers can be parents or other family members, caregivers such as teachers or babysitters, acquaintances (including other children), and (in very rare instances) strangers.

National Child Abuse Hotline: They can provide local referrals for services. A centralized call center provides the caller with the option of talking with or texting a counselor. They are also connected to a language line that can provide service in over 140 languages. Call or text hotline: 800.422.4453

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Through this hotline an advocate can provide local direct service resources (safehouse shelters, transportation, casework assistance) and crisis intervention. Interpreter services available in 170 languages. They also partner with the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Center to provide a videophone option. Hotline: 800.799.SAFE

National Center for Victims of Crime helps victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime. This site includes a variety of resources including but not limited to finding the right legal help if you have been a victim of a crime, safe neighborhoods resources and prison reform resources.

Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach us at 1-800-677-1116.