The Glen Cove Interagency Council (IAC) recently held its monthly meeting at the offices of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. The guest speaker was Jean Domingo-Keogh, education coordinator at The Safe Center LI. Domingo-Keogh spoke about the many programs offered by The Safe Center LI to educate the public about rape, sexual violence and human trafficking and the services that the center offers to victims of these crimes.
The Safe Center, located in Bethpage, came about as a result of the merger of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect. The center provides educational programs on rape, sexual violence and human trafficking and provides emergency services to victims of these crimes. The center runs a bilingual hotline 24/7 and has emergency room responders who will meet with victims at local hospitals and advocate for them. The Safe Center works closely with Nassau County detectives and the district attorney’s office in assisting individuals who are victims of child abuse and rape/sexual assault. The Safe Center also offers pro-bono legal assistance for victims of domestic violence and operates Nassau County’s only safe home for victims of domestic violence. It is open to mothers and children. All services are free and confidential. Victims are not asked about insurance or documentation status.
The IAC monthly meeting was hosted by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. Phyllis Gorham, executive director of the chamber, told IAC members that the purpose of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the health and profitability of its member businesses. It promotes businesses that are located in Glen Cove, as well as businesses that want to service Glen Cove or its residents. The chamber has almost 250 members and meets monthly to promote networking among member businesses.
The Glen Cove IAC includes community leaders representing a variety of human and social service agencies throughout Glen Cove. It reflects Glen Cove’s rich cultural, religious and ethnic diversity and meets regularly to identify and address changing needs in the community. This network has resulted in numerous projects and collaborations that benefit Glen Cove residents on a daily basis. For more information about IAC, visit