It is hard to imagine that something so dark and terrible as domestic violence could occur within the limits of our safe and tranquil Northshore communities, but it is a fearsome reality that is, unfortunately, commonplace nationwide. In fact, it is estimated to be the most common but the least reported crime in the United States alone. It is thought that we will come into contact with at least one person in our lives that has experienced a form of domestic violence. It is a crime that affects all ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations/identities, mental or physical abilities, and religious backgrounds. Domestic violence is often thought to be the result of anger or drug or alcohol abuse, but in actuality it comes from a need to control and gain leverage over another human being that can be displayed in various ways. This is just some of the critical information that establishments like Safe Harbor strive to impart to the public. As with many social issues, awareness, education, and visibility are key. This information is also paramount to understanding why having an organization like Safe Harbor so close to home is important.