Our Mission

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The Safe Sisters Circle is a women of color founded and operated organization that provides free holistic and community based services to young Black women survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse in Washington, DC’s Ward 7 and Ward 8.

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Black Women and Gender-Based Violence

  • Black women have a complicated historical and contemporary relationship with domestic violence and sexual abuse within the United States going back to slavery and resulting in both economic disadvantages and the denial of sexual abuse and domestic violence victimhood. 
  • 21% of Black women have been victims of domestic partner violence
  • 18.8% of Black women have been victims of rape
  • 41% of Black women have experienced sexual coercion and other unwanted sexual contact. 
Poverty Connection

There is a complex interconnectedness between poverty and sexual violence where women living below the poverty line are exposed to more risk factors that lead to increased rates of sexual and domestic violence.  27.7% of Black women live below the poverty line, putting them at the highest poverty rate among women living in the United States and making them more vulnerable to gender-based violence. 

Washington DC’s Wards 7 and 8

Comprised of neighborhoods “East of the River”, Wards 7 and 8 of Washington DC are predominantly comprised of Black communities whose residents deal daily with the struggles of violence and poverty.
Ward 7
  • 95 % Black
  • Poverty rate:  27%
  • 2nd highest rate of violence in Washington, DC
Ward 8
  • 94% Black
  • Poverty rate: 27%
  • Highest rate of violence in Washington, DC
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