WARWICK, R.I. — Feeling safe at home is a luxury for most victims of domestic violence — even long after they have cut ties with their abusers.
Knowing that, a national home security company based in Warwick recently partnered with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence to give victims that peace of mind.
Alliance Security is donating home alarm systems to clients referred to them by the coalition.
“Feeling secure in your own home is an incredible feeling, and until you’ve lost it, it’s a feeling that most of us take for granted,” Deborah DeBare, executive director of the coalition, said last week.
“I know that firsthand from talking to the families in our shelters,” she said. “Even [when someone] may not want to be in a shelter, we hear people say that they got the best night’s sleep they ever had because they felt safe.”
DeBare said that the idea came from Alliance, which approached the coalition late last year.
“We’ve always believed in giving back to the community, and now, as we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary, we felt we were in a position to do something like this,” Brian Fabian, chief operating officer for Alliance, said Friday.
The company’s executives, he said, felt that providing an added sense of safety for victims of domestic violence was a good fit with their company’s professional mission, particularly because it’s a societal problem that affects so many people.
“It’s a good cause that hits close to home,” he said. “We protect people’s homes and families for a living.”
Alliance has about 100,000 customers in 35 states, Fabiano said, with most of its customer base consisting of residences and small businesses.
The partnership with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence is still getting off the ground, and the first step is to install security systems for families that are just getting back on their feet by moving into “transition apartments” after living in a shelter, DeBare and Fabiano said.
Alliance, Fabiano said, will treat the clients who are referred to the company by the coalition just like any other customer — inspecting their residence and determining what security system is best for them.
“Actually, our commitment is to see if we can continue this commitment beyond Rhode Island,” Fabiano said. “We’d like to help as many people as we can.”
Alliance this year also made a $10,000 contribution to the coalition to support some of its education and prevention programs.
“This gives us great satisfaction,” Fabiano said. “We want to do the right thing … and that’s part of the culture we breed for our employees.
“And we certainly want to help those in need.”