Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
The Safing Center is an outpatient clinic providing a recovery-oriented, Veteran-centered approach toward establishing and maintaining safety within intimate relationships. 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.
Christopher Mackowiak, PhD Maria Rowley, PhD
Thomas Brewer, PhD
Brooke Hanson, MSW
Jalessa Townsend, MSW
Laura VanWort, PsyD
Madeleine Karpel, PhD
Douglas Bitman, PhD
The military term "Safing" means transitioning from combat readiness to a safe condition and signifies our commitment to helping Veterans establish and maintain safety in their relationships.
Intimate partner violence (IPV), also commonly referred to as domestic violence, is defined as actual or threatened physical, sexual, or psychological abuse or stalking behaviors by a current or former intimate partner. It can happen once or be a pattern of events that gets worse over time, and it varies widely in severity. Intimate partner violence may occur with a current or former boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse of any sex or gender, and doesn't not require cohabitation or sexual involvement.
The 2010 National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention found that 1:3 women and 1:5 men experience IPV at some point during their lifetime.
What the Safing Center offers:
Individual, couple and/or family therapy related to current or past IPV
Consultation with providers/clinicians, concerned friends/family members, partners, or Veterans themselves about concerns they have about IPV
Connection to the right resources for you and your partner/family, including peer supports
Psychoeducation on managing stress and anger in order to communicate in more positive and effective ways
Some Useful Links
Building 9, Room 107C
200 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730
Hours of Operation
- 8:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m.