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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

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 on any of the offered by SAAS call (313) 914- 7490

Get in touch!


5866 Saint Lawrence St 

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: (313) 914-7490

Fax: (313) 914-7318

Domestic Violence 


Phone: 313-707-6228 or 

(313) 707-1815

Sexual Assault Department

Phone:(313) 707-6674

Exec' Director - Dr. La Donna M. Combs

Phone: (248) 403-3100



Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: Appointment Only 
Sun: Appointment Only

If you would like to help SAAS with prevention we invite you to make a donation to our organization. Please click the link below

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