YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women and Girls

Domestic Violence

Silhouette of woman by windowsThe YWCA believes that stemming Domestic Violence is a community issue. We have provided crucial support to domestic violence survivors and their families since 1993, with funding from state, federal and municipal awards, private foundations and generous individual contributors.

Anyone in need of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault services may call the YWCA during the day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 978.374.6121.  After hours, you may call our 24-hour hotline at 877.509.YWCA (9922).

As an alternative, you may call the statewide, 24-hour SafeLink Domestic Violence Sheltering Line at 877.785.2020,  for referrals to shelter and domestic violence hotlines and programs in your region.

The YWCA offers a range of services to domestic violence survivors and their families, including:

  • Emergency Services:Crisis intervention and advocacy, emergency safety planning, referrals to shelters, transportation and help obtaining food and other emergency needs.
  • Court Advocacy: The YWCA’s one full-time, bi-lingual (English-Spanish) Court Advocate is on site at the Haverhill District Court every day that court is in session to provide assistance with obtaining temporary restraining or harassment orders. The Advocate also helps victims understand their legal rights, options and responsibilities, arrange for translation services and make referrals to Merrimack Valley Legal Services.
  • Youth Education on Healthy Relationships: According to the CDC, a nationwide survey found that 9.4% of youth are victims of relationship violence, which can include physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence, or stalking. The YWCA provides in-school workshops on healthy relationships to more than 1,400 teens each year to help teens make healthy and remain safe. Workshops are also available to parents, youth workers and community leaders.
  • Immigrant Advocacy:  Through federal RISE funding and private support, the YWCA provides specialized services to recent immigrants who are victims of abuse, linking them and their families to an array of domestic violence services to help them remain safe and become self-sufficient.