About Safe Harbor

About Us

We work to save, transform, and rebuild lives.

We support those who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, or human trafficking.

In all of our programs, we work from a trauma-informed and empowerment-focused lens. We see each survivor as the expert of their own experiences and strive to create a safe and welcoming space for all. Our goals are to help clients understand and address the impact of trauma and build resilience.

Our services are available in both English and Spanish and are available to anyone who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, or human trafficking regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, immigration status, gender identity or expression, faith, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, and geographic location. Because survivors are often controlled financially by their abuser and cannot pay for services without fear of retribution, all services are offered free of charge to the survivor.

We offer comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking including: individual and group counseling, children/youth services, 24-hour helpline, court advocacy, emergency shelter, hospital accompaniment, and community education and training.

Long term, we are committed to transforming the lives of survivors. By providing shelter, counseling, support, education, and advocacy to survivors, we are helping those who have been impacted by violence and abuse to heal, rebuild, and move forward with their lives.

We were founded in 1998 when representatives of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Henrico County, The Salvation Army, Virginia Commonwealth University Sexual Assault Program, and the YWCA of Richmond met to address the shortage of shelter beds and support services in Henrico County for domestic violence victims. We opened our doors in April 2000 as an emergency shelter to provide safe housing for victims of domestic violence in imminent danger.

While Henrico County is our primary service area, we are proud to collaborate with our community partners to serve the Greater Richmond region.

Safe Harbor Board of Directors:

Elizabeth (Bess) Littlefield, President – Vice President of Institutional Advancement, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Brendan Paget,  Vice President – VP, Sales Strategy and Administration, Allianz Partners

Billy Harper, Treasurer – Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking SunTrust Bank

Jeffrey Fielo, Secretary – Project Manager, CarMax Save & Exit

Jennifer Barnes – Associate Attorney, Hill & Rainey Attorneys

Andy Boyles – Manger, Yount, Hyde & Barbour, P.C.

Diane Cafritz – Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at CarMax

Charles Dyson – Community Engagement Officer, The Community Foundation

Peter Eisenhauer – Business Director, Capital One

Gail Harris – Director, Office of Community and Volunteer Services Virginia Department of Social Services

Cathy Samuels Hobson – Community Volunteer

Ashley Lumpkin – Market Strategy & Insights Manager, Anthem, Inc.

Denise Marshall – Chief HR Officer, Allianz Partners

Pat McCarthy – Division Manager, HHHunt Homes

Leslie Newberry – Owner, 5KNutrition

Bonnie Price – DNP, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC, Administrative Director, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Community Health Advocacy

Jane Savoca – Community Volunteer

Sara Shelton, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, PROSCI, PMP, SA – HBA Mid-Atlantic President, Marketing COE, McKesson

Mindy Telliard – Product Stewardship & Regulatory Manager, DuPont

Jennifer Winn – Vice President, Client Services, EAB Company


Leadership Team

Cathy Easter
Executive Director
804-249-9470 x 11

Katie Copty, LPC
Director of Counseling & Advocacy
804-249-9470 x 19

John Gould
Director of Finance
804-249-9470 x 19

Mary Maupai
Development Director
804-249-9470 ext. 17

Paz Ochs
Director of Court Advocacy

Gabrielle Pearman, MSW, LCSW
Director of Safe Houses
804-249-9470 ext. 30

Education & Outreach Team

Elena Brooks-Perkins
Education & Outreach Manager


Katherine Moore
Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator

Court Team

Amber Stanwix
Court Advocate

Counseling Team

Blanca Barrera, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work
Bi-lingual DV/SV Counselor

Cindy Capriles, LCSW, CTP-C
Bi-lingual DV/SV Counselor

Liz Cozzati, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work
DV/SV Counselor

Trenice Morton, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work
DV/SV Counselor

Trish Smith, MS, Resident in Counseling
DV/SV Counselor

Safe Houses Team

Alyssia Shmokler
Client Services Advocate

Carolyn Foster
Client Services Advocate

Erin Cave
Client Services Advocate

Kimberly Dailey
Shelter Case Manager

Kimberly Hill
Sr. Client Services Advocate

LaKeisha Carmine
Client Services Advocate

Maria Altonen
Client Services Advocate

McKayla Burnett, MSW
Case Manager

Rebecca Hawthorne, Ed.D.
Case Manager