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Safe From the Start is a community response program dedicated to reducing the trauma that very young children experience when they are exposed to violence.


Exposure to violence can occur when a child is:

  • A first-hand victim of abuse, neglect, or maltreatment

  • A witness of physical, emotional, or sexual violence or another violent crime


Both direct and indirect experiences can have lasting effects on the typical development of a child.


Safe From the Start is the areas only community-based provider serving children specifically ages zero to five and their families. In addition, we work with local agencies, community leaders and childcare providers to identify children who need help to heal the wounds caused by exposure to violence.


If you are concerned about what your child has seen, heard or felt, Safe From the Start is here to help.


Safe From the Start can help in the following ways:


  • Assessments to identify the effects of violence on your child

  • Therapeutic Services for children, siblings, and non-offending caretakers

  • Opportunities to learn more about age appropriate behaviors, discipline and other helpful parenting skills


For more information, please call us at 309-736-7170, ext. 122, or email


All services are free and confidential for families in Rock Island, Mercer, and

Henry Counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa.



Funding for this essential program is provided by: 

Scott County Regional Authority

Riverboat Development Authority

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority


This project is supported by funds awarded through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Points of view or opinions contained within this webpage are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.