In July 1990, a group of concerned citizens incorporated as Safety Shelter of St. Johns County, with the goal of eventually opening a shelter for local victims of domestic violence and their children. In 1992, we contracted with a local motel for space and started a 24-hour crisis line and court advocacy. In 1993, we purchased and converted a home for shelter purposes. Betty Griffin House opened it's doors on January 24, 1994. In 1998, we expanded the building to meet the increasing local demand for shelter. That same year, we initiated the Sexual Assault program.
A Board of Directors comprised of diverse community members provides oversight of shelter functions and outreach services. Dedicated Volunteers log extensive hours of client support services. BGH staff includes: Executive Director, Director of Shelter Services, Case Managers, Children's Coordinator, Shelter Advocates, Adult and Child Therapists, Community Educator, Sexual Assault Program Coordinator and Advocate, Court Advocates, Outreach Specialists, Development Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant.
Confidential individual and group counseling is available in all parts of the county for women, men and children. We conduct regular domestic and sexual violence trainings throughout the county, as well as age-appropriate violence prevention trainings in the schools.
|Since domestic and sexual violence is a learned behavior, BGH hopes that awareness of and access to such services and outreach activities will help end the cycles of violence, which can otherwise repeat for many generations.
The Betty Griffin House welcomes staff and participants with disabilities. Our policy is to ensure equal opportunity for all people who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault to participate in and benefit from the programs and activities provided by the Betty Griffin House, regardless of race, gender, national origin, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.