HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)
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.
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.