The goal of the SafeZone initiative is to increase safety and resources for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex communities throughout Ohio.


Become a SafeZone Member Agency

In a day-and-a-half training session, instructors from the LGBTQI Taskforce take your team through a comprehensive agenda of training and hands-on technical assistance to help you…

  • Learn about the LGBTQI community
  • Develop and integrate policies and procedure that will ensure safety to survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking
  • Become identified as compliant with federal requirements to serve men and women, and to provide culturally competent services
  • Confirm that your agencies’ or service providers’ LGBTQI constituency are accessing quality services from your organization

In addition, completing the course earns Continuing Education credits and your agency is presented with an official SafeZone emblem for display. This emblem alerts LGBTQI individuals to the fact that your agency is a safe place.

Together with your agency, we can make sure that all survivors will be served and provided with the same level of appropriate services.

It’s easy to take the first step

Simply express your agency’s interest in the SafeZone program and we’ll set up a training session at no cost to your organization.

  1. Once you’ve filled out an application, we’ll contact you to schedule a mutually convenient time for the day-and-a-half training session, that will take place at the location of your choice in your town.
  2. You’ll be provided with login information for the SafeZone training website and training session dashboard, where most of the administrative activities are easily completed. This includes sign-up forms, name labels and table cards for each of the participants from your agency.
  3. During the training session, each participant is provided with a binder of important information, exercises, and reference material. The participant retains the binder for future reference.
  4. At the conclusion of the training session, Continuing Education certificates will be available online for those who have earned CU credits, and SafeZone Training Certificates are available online for all participants. The certificates may be printed from the SafeZone website dashboard.
  5. The agency executive director or other contact person is sent an electronic version of the training materials the week following the SafeZone Training Session. The agency notifies BRAVO if any staff member was not in the training session, and they are scheduled for training.
  6. Within 90 days, the agency submits policies and procedures for review, and in 120 days the agency becomes a SafeZone Member Agency.

Requirements to becoming a SafeZone Member Agency include:

  • A review and update of agency policies and procedures to reflect inclusion of all survivors, including appropriate and competent services to men and members of the LGBTQI community.
  • Compliance of all staff, volunteers, and interns by signing the SafeZone Ally form, which states that: a) the advocate has completed the SafeZone training;b) understands what it means to be an Ally who offers person-centered advocacy; and c) upholds model policies that reflect inclusion and appropriate services.
  • Unanimous support of the intent and principles of the SafeZone Training Program by your agency’s board and management.
  • Providing greater awareness and outreach to the LGBTQI community in your area through education, updated pamphlets and brochures, equal access to services and collaborations with local LGBTQI agencies, if available.
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