Children who experience or witness domestic violence are also three times more likely to repeat this violent cycle in adulthood. HAWC’s services aim to help domestic violence victims feel empowered and capable of protecting their children from these harmful effects of abuse, in addition to providing children the opportunity to grow and play during every step of the healing process.
In partnership with North Shore Medical Center, HAWC’s Parent-Child Trauma Recovery Program builds trust between children of domestic violence and their non-offending parent. For 12-14 weeks, trauma-informed care, evidence-based therapy, and HAWC’s emphasis on empowerment come together to reduce trauma symptoms in children and improve parent-child relationships at this pivotal time of healing. HAWC also offers discussion and support groups meant to guide children and their parents on the journey towards healing.
In an effort to create an environment that can reintroduce kids who have witnessed or experienced trauma to the joys of childhood, HAWC also works to connect families with daycare services, so that clients can be confident that their children are in safe and nurturing hands when they are seeking employment, beginning a new job, or working overtime to gain financial independence. In addition to this daycare voucher program, HAWC provides financial support to clients looking to reintegrate their children in the greater community through activities such as ballet, summer camp, and little league.
HAWC’s mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services to victims of domestic violence residing in 23 cities and towns on Massachusetts’ North Shore in order that they may make informed, independent decisions about their futures.
HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) strives to help abused women, children, men, and nonbinary people live free from violence and fear. As a leading domestic violence agency in Massachusetts, HAWC provides a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to more than 2,500 families in the North Shore area each year.
Beyond providing this help, HAWC advocates for social and cultural change. With one in three women and one in four men experiencing abuse each year, domestic violence is an epidemic. To raise awareness and bolster prevention efforts, HAWC supplies the public with education, volunteer opportunities, annual community events, and frequent updates on related news and legislation.
Once known as “Help for Abused Women and Their Children,” HAWC understands the complexity of abuse. Thus, we expanded our language capacity so abused women, men, non binary people, LGBTQ+ individuals, older adults, undocumented individuals, and people with disabilities can feel comfortable accepting our services.
For almost 40 years, HAWC has provided healing, freedom, and change to survivors throughout Massachusetts’ North Shore. Explore the map below to find our five main locations, which serve 23 cities and towns from Saugus to Cape Ann.