An outpatient clinic that provides a holistic, recovery-oriented, Veteran-centered approach to helping Veterans establish and maintain safety in their relationships
Rachel Latta, Ph.D.
Matthew Munich, Ph.D., LCSW
Luana Bessa, Ph.D.
Ruth Muellejans, MSW
Janelle Alabiso, MA
We are here to meet with you privately, listen without judgment, assist you in finding a safe place to stay, or connect you with other needed services.
You are not alone!
The Safing Center
is here to help.
The military term “Safing” means transitioning from combat readiness to a safe condition and signifies our commitment to helping Veterans establish safety in their relationships.
Intimate partner violence (IPV), which is also called domestic violence, is common among Veterans. IPV is defined as actual or threatened emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or stalking behaviors by an intimate partner. It may happen once or be a pattern of events that gets worse over time. Intimate partner violence may occur with a current or former boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse of any sex or gender.
• Connect you with resources for you and your partner/family, including peer supports
• Help you manage stress and communicate in more positive and effective ways
• Provide individual, couple and/or family therapy
The generous support of Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) has allowed The Safing Center to expand beyond delivery of clinical services to include implementing a cultural shift toward preventing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Through promotion of healthy relationships and raising staff and Veteran awareness about IPV, the Bedford VAMC in partnership with BMSF is creating a culture of prevention.