The staff and board at HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) are deeply saddened to learn of the domestic violence homicide that occurred in Salem, Mass., this morning. As the oldest domestic violence agency on the North Shore, HAWC wishes to remind the community that it is here as a resource to anyone who may be experiencing domestic abuse and has a multitude of services and programs to assist victims in need.

“We are profoundly sad to learn of the recent events that took place in Salem, and our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the victim,” said Paula Herrington, HAWC’s interim executive director. “Now is a time more than ever to encourage the community to access HAWC services if they are experiencing domestic violence. There are preventative measures that can be taken to potentially prevent senseless tragedies such as this from occurring.”

HAWC provides comprehensive services for survivors including a 24-hour hotline, outreach, advocacy and other individual assistance, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, support groups and more in 23 cities and towns. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call our hotline at 1.800.547.1649.

About HAWC

HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is the oldest and the most comprehensive domestic violence agency on Massachusetts' North Shore. HAWC's mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to victims of domestic abuse residing in 23 cities and towns on Massachusetts' North Shore. These services include a 24-hour hotline, support groups, individual, legal and hospital advocacy, children’s services, a shelter program, community education and a Parent-Child Trauma Recovery Program. For more information please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact

Paula Herrington
Interim Executive Director
978-744-2299 x112