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Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital


Safing Center


Safing Center is an outpatient clinic providing a holistic, recovery-oriented, Veteran-centered approach to helping Veterans establish and maintain safety in their relationships.

Program Manager
Christopher Mackowiak, PhD

Clinical Staff
Omar Ruiz, LMFT
Doug Bitman, PhD
Madeleine Karpel, PhD

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. 

We can
• 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



Contact Info


  • Building 9, Room 106
    Bedford VAMC
    200 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730

Contact Number(s)

  • 781-687-3998

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m.