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May 28, 2010 > Combat domestic violence

Combat domestic violence

In the 42 years that I have been in the police profession I have seen progress made in reducing the instances of domestic violence, but even one case is one case too many.

When I began my career there was no help available for the victim of domestic violence. Police responded to a call for help and were virtually powerless to do anything unless the victim was willing right then and there to make a citizens arrest of the batterer. Fortunately the laws have progressed and we now have methods of removing the batterer but are still left helpless to assist the victim with what is needed most which is on-going support.

For the past 18 years I have been a Board member of our local domestic violence shelter non-profit group called Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE). SAVE has helped thousands of domestic violence victims since it came into existence back in 1976.

Today SAVE continues to assist victims of this dreadful act of violence by providing numerous services including safe shelter for the victim and children. SAVE provides assistance to the victim with counseling as well as working with the victim to chart their way through the legal system, helping with obtaining restraining orders among other efforts.

SAVE is located here in Fremont at 1900 Mowry Ave. Suite 204 near Washington Hospital. More info about SAVE's services is available online at:

Our 24 hr Crisis hotline at (510) 794-6055 is a gateway to help. Trained and certified domestic violence counselors are available any time of the day or night to offer emotional support, crisis counseling, education on the dynamics of domestic violence, and referral to additional resources. All calls are confidential. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

I don't have to tell anyone what the economy has done to all of us, but more importantly what it has done to non-profit organizations like SAVE. We have lost over a quarter of a million dollars in State funding. In an effort to close this gap and keep the services operating for the victims of domestic violence we are turning to our friends and co-workers and asking that you consider making a small donation to help SAVE remain operational and continue helping the victims of domestic violence.

My fund raising goal is $2,100 which is 1% of what SAVE lost from State funding. My second goal is to convince 99 other people to raise $2,100 each for SAVE in order to make up 100% of the State funding reductions.

Donating through my website at is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fund raising efforts and to help SAVE continue their important work. No donation is too small!

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

Chief Craig T. Steckler
Fremont PD
SAVE Board Member since 1992

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