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Our mission at SAAS is to bring Hope,Help, and Healing to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault within the black and African American community without regards to gender, sexual orientation, religious or faith affiliation (or none at all), economic status, or culture.


"Clergy must know that domestic violence does not discriminate by race, gender, sexual orientation, social economic status, or religious denomination. On a national average, every 9 seconds a female experiences domestic violence, every 6 hours a female dies in an incident directly related to domestic violence." Black women women experience domestic violence at a rate that is 85% higher than White women and 2.5% higher than other nationalities( Domestic and sexual violence is the "Holy Hush" of the Black Church. There are historical behaviors in the Black community that dates back to slavery and the Black woman.

"What goes on in this house, stays in this house" 

A Crisis of Faith

The act of domestic violence causes Christian victims to question their core beliefs and causing them to enter a state of Spiritual Crisis. The following are the symptoms of crisis.

  • Feeling abandoned by God
  • Finding it hard to pray
  • Seeing no value in biblical scripture.
  • Feeling isolated from other church members.
  • NO one is going to believe me
  • If I get a divorce, I have no faith.


The Effects of Domestic on Violence on Children

Slightly more than one- half of female victims of intimate partner violence live in households with children under age of 12. An increasing number of studies document the concurrent incident of domestic violence and child within families. Most of this experiencing child maltreatment also experience domestic violence 

​"SAAS is a place I can be myself and not be judged" 

It helps to be able to tell my story to someone who looks like me and they can empathize with my pain based on their own lived experiences and history 

Sister Doe - Interim House

Teen Dating Violence 

Many black adult victims report experiencing some form of partner violence beginning as early as 11-17 years of age. A national study reports that of high school students, almost 14% of black youth(vs 7% of white) reported boy/girlfriend had "hit , slapped , or physically hurt them on purpose." 

Our Services

  • Individual and Group Counseling                                                                                                                      
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Child Protective Services Advocacy
  • Clergy Training for DV & SA 
  • Personal Protection Order and Court Accompaniment Advocacy
  • Funeral Service Support for Victims 
  • Residential Case Management
  • Faith-based Individual and Group Counseling
  • Culturally Specific Domestic Violence Training and Community Education
  • Economic Empowerment Workshops
  • Community Partners Meetings
  • Domestic Violence Volunteer Training
  • Community Education and Awareness



For information please call (248) 710-6711


Get in touch!


23500 West Seven Mile Road

Detroit, Michigan 48219


SAAS does not discriminate in the delivery of services or benefits based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age (as well as sexual orientation and gender identity).


Office: (248) 710-6711

Fax: (313) 543-6052

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Department - Yvonne Edwards 

Phone: (313) 707-1815


Program Manager 

Phone:(313) 707-6228

Exec' Director - Dr. La Donna M. Combs

(248) 710-6711



Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: SAAS on Sunday Support Group

Call: (313) 707-1815

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