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 Santiago is an activist working on social justice issues for over 20 years.  Elizabeth is recognized for her expertise on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and violence against women.  Elizabeth is the Executive Director of Center for Safety & Change, the sole victim assistance provider in Rockland County, serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and all other crimes, such as elder abuse and hate crimes.

Elizabeth is sought as an adviser, consultant and trainer both locally and nationally.  Elizabeth serves as a liaison with federal, state and local agencies and works with various systems and political leaders to develop legislation and coordinate service networks.

Elizabeth currently serves on the New York State Office of Victim Services Advisory Council, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, the New York State Downstate Coalition, the Lower Hudson Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Rockland County Citizen Advisory Council. Elizabeth also serves as co-chair of the Rockland County Stop F.E.A.R. Coalition.  Elizabeth has previously served on the board of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) and the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County. 

Elizabeth is the co-founder of the Boston College Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship for students who demonstrate a balance in academics and social justice community service. Elizabeth graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has a Certificate in Non-Profit Sustainability from Cornell University.  Elizabeth is an alumna of Leadership Rockland class of 2007.

Administrative Staff

The Staff