Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
Strategies to End Gender-Based Violence
Crime Victims Services


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About Us

Leadership and Staff

Center for Safety & Change staff brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the development and implementation of highly effective programs for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Center for Safety & Change employs approximately 50 full and part-time staff, including eight Program Directors who supervise direct care staff, consisting primarily of counselors and advocates, several of whom are bilingual and/or bicultural. Center for Safety & Change direct care staff also includes coordinators from and for the African-American, Haitian, Hispanic, Asian, Orthodox Jewish, and LGBTQ (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/ Transgender/Queer/Questioning) communities. Two full-time attorneys and a part-time paralegal provide client legal assistance through the Mary Weingard Domestic Violence Law Project (DVLP).


Elizabeth SantiagoELIZABETH SANTIAGO, Executive Director

Elizabeth has been an activist in the domestic violence/ sexual assault movement for over 16 years. Elizabeth has been worked at the Center For Safety and Change since 2000 and is currently the Executive Director. Prior to joining Center for Safety & Change, Elizabeth worked as the Domestic Violence Response Team Specialist/Trainer for Passaic County in the State of New Jersey, as Coordinator for Safe Horizons at the Bronx Criminal Court and as the Project Coordinator/Shelter Counselor at the Passaic County Women’s Center, a division of the New Jersey Association on Correction.

Elizabeth serves on numerous local and statewide coalitions and boards such as the New York State Office of Victim Services Advisory Council, the New York State Fatality Review Team, the New York State Downstate Coalition and the Lower Hudson Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Elizabeth also served on the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) Board of Directors from 2007-2012, the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County Board of Directors, and the local board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, . Elizabeth is also an alumna of Leadership Rockland class of 2007.

Elizabeth was the co-founder of the Boston College Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship for students who demonstrate a balance in academics and community service and serves on the Boston College Organization of Latin American Affairs (OLAA) Advisory Committee. Elizabeth graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has a Certificate in Non-Profit Sustainability from Cornell University.

Administrative Staff

The Staff