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About Us

Our Mission

Our Mission

Safe Space is a non-profit organization that is committed to reducing relationship violence and sexual assault in Franklin County, North Carolina and nearby communities. Since 1995, we have assisted hundreds of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children.

Visit our services page to learn more about what we do.


Our Action Statement

Safe Space will fulfill its mission by:

  1. Providing and developing supportive services to meet the needs of adult and child survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. These services include safe housing, court advocacy, system advocacy, and individual and group counseling.

  2. Creating awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault through community presentations and professional training focused on the causes and effects of violence, the prevention of the intergenerational cycle of violence, and the services available to the community.

  3. Building a coordinated community response to domestic violence and sexual assault that encourages citizen participation and interagency collaboration.

  4. Advocating for perpetrator accountability and re-education to deter abuses from future use of violence and to change their beliefs justifying relationship violence.

Executive Director
Monica Kearney, MSW


Monica Kearney has been the Executive Director of Safe Space, Inc. Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault services agency in Franklin County since 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New England. Monica is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work from Walden University.

Monica has over twenty years of experience in the social work profession. Her roles have included nonprofit management, early childhood education, outreach, and community education.

Monica is a trailblazer for women and children and for those issues which impede their health and well-being. Her spirituality, family, and network of supportive friends, keep her grounded and are the source of her strength. Her life long personal and professional experiences fuel her passion and commitment to enhance programs for people who suffer from the traumatic experiences of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault in Franklin County and adjacent communities.

Meet The Board


Anna Meadows

Board Chair

After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of NC at Chapel Hill, Anna worked for 13 years as a reporter and editor for three community newspapers. She currently works as a legislative assistant for a House member in the NC General Assembly.

Board Co-Chair

Rev. Dr. David K. Rosby a native of Statesville, North Carolina. After finishing Statesville Senior High School he attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina on a full four-year football scholarship, he majored in Music Education and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983.


Ferne is a native North Carolinian having lived in Franklin County for over 25 years. She graduated from NC State before embarking on a long career with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Rev. Dr. David K. Rosby

Ferne Winborne


Misty Bailey

Misty Bailey was raised in Henderson, NC where she currently resides with her husband and two children. After graduating from High School in 2005, Misty attended VGCC for two years.


Jim Moss

Jim is Safe Space’s longest-serving member of the Board having come on just months after the organization’s inception. He is an alumnus of North Carolina State University.


Jim Grove

Don James “Jim” Grove is a retired environmental engineer. He received a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He has been a board member of Safe Space for over 17 years, and board chair for the last 10 years.


Antrel Branch

Antrel Branch was raised in Franklin County where she currently resides with her husband and two sons. She obtained her BS in Public Health Studies with a concentration in community health from East Carolina University.

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