Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC)


  • Overview of Organization and Services:
    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.

    When HAWC was founded in 1978, it started as a small group of women who came together to acknowledge the issue of domestic violence and made it a priority to advocate for change. These women made a commitment that what was once considered a “family issue”—something that happened behind closed doors—would be unveiled for what it was: unacceptable abuse. Through sheer force of will and an immense commitment to the cause, our founders worked tirelessly to help survivors on the North Shore escape their dangerous reality so that they may heal.

    Today, HAWC continues that tradition as we celebrate our 40th anniversary as the domestic violence agency on the North Shore. Our programs have grown from a 24-hour hotline and safe house to so much more, including community-based advocacy and education, comprehensive and free Legal Services, community outreach, Children’s Services, support groups and others. And of course, we have our Emergency Shelter for those needing to flee to a safe location, and our hotline remains an ever-present listening ear.

    Domestic violence feeds on silence. Our support groups allow those who have been affected by abuse to come together, gain knowledge about domestic violence, connect to their inner strength, gain decision- making strength from each other, and break the isolation that some have endured for years.

  • Additional Info:
    HAWC services include a 24-hour hotline (1-800-547-1649) , support groups, individual advocacy, legal advocacy, and hospital advocacy, children’s services, a shelter program, community education, and a Parent-Child Trauma Recovery Program.


  • Demographics Served:
    Adults: 19+, Children: 12 and under, Families, Seniors: 60+, Youth: 13-18
  • City/Towns Served:
    Amesbury, Newbury (incl. Byfield), Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury
  • Types of Services Provided:
    Domestic Violence


  • Address: 27 Congress Street Salem, MA 01970
  • Phone: Office is: 978-744-8552 Hotline number is: 1-800-547-1649
  • Website: http://www.hawcdv.org