Temporary Change to Legal Services:
For Legal questions and concerns, please call 610-373-1206, ext. 107, and leave a message. Messages will be checked frequently by our Legal Advocates, who will call clients back.
3/18/2020: Safe Berks Health Precautions
The Safe Berks Board of Directors, our Interim CEO Angel Helm, and our Chief Operating Officer Beth Garrigan are closely monitoring new updates concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our highest priority is to safeguard the health and safety of our residents, clients and staff.
In order to protect the public health, as well as the health of the Safe Berks family, we have enacted several changes. These changes are temporary; we hope to return to previous practices in the near future. We are very grateful to the community for your support of Safe Berks as volunteers, donors and advocates, and we ask for your continued support during these challenging times.
Temporary changes to Safe Berks Practices:
For victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are seeking our free crisis services, we ask you to call our 24-hour hotline at 844-789-SAFE (7233) or text SAFE BERKS to 20121. Crisis services, including requests for shelter or medical advocacy, will flow through the hotline and text line. We will continue to provide free, confidential services to local survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours each day. Anyone in immediate danger should call 911.
For Legal questions and concerns, please call 610-373-1206, ext. 107, and leave a message. Messages will be checked frequently by our legal advocates, who will call clients back.
All Counseling Support Groups are postponed at this time, but free individual counseling is still available. For requests for Counseling, or questions specific to Counseling, call Danielle Palermo, Director of Counseling, at 610-373-1206, ext 606.
Safe Berks staff will continue to work closely with Tower Health/Reading Hospital, Penn State Health St. Joseph, and Berks Community Health Center to provide medical advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For questions about medical advocacy, please contact Beth Garrigan, Chief Operating Officer, at BethG@SafeBerks.org.
Thank you for your understanding. This is a fluid situation and changes will be made as needed. Any other questions, email Interim CEO Angel Helm at AngelH@SafeBerks.org. We will keep you updated through this website, traditional media, social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter), and other communication channels. Thank you and be safe!
All Legal Services are:
- BILINGUAL (English & Spanish)
- Come with you to police interview
- Come with you to criminal hearings
- Assist with filing Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders; Sexual Violence Protection Orders (SVPO); or Protection From Intimidation Orders (PFI)
- Legal Representation may be available for Final Hearings of PFA/SVPO or on campus at College Administrative Hearings
- Safe Berks offers Assistance and Support for College Students in Berks County who are dealing with issues including Sexual Assault, Stalking or Dating Violence
No one deserves to be abused!
- Nothing you have ever said, done, or not done makes it okay for anyone to hurt you.
- You and those you love can be safe.
- To schedule an appointment with Legal Services, call 610-373-1206
Additional Information about Temporary Protection Orders
Applications for Temporary Protection Orders are made between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Protection From Abuse Office located on the 1st floor of the Berks County Services Center at 633 Court Street in Reading.
You may be eligible for Safe Berks legal representation at no cost. If a hearing date is scheduled, call the Safe Berks office at 610-373-1206 ext 107 to schedule an appointment. Legal representation is not guaranteed.
If you are in danger, escape this page and dial 911.
or Text SAFE BERKS to 20121