Developing a safety plan involves coming up with creative ways for a survivor to protect him or herself if ever in fear because of his or her abuser. By brainstorming about the different ways to find safety in the event of an emergency, the survivor is empowered to take back control of an escalated situation.
Here are some examples of tips our advocates suggest to survivors while building a plan:
- Is there a trusted friend or family member you can inform about your situation? Could you flee to his or her home in the event of an emergency?
- Always have a cell phone with you. Event if you are out of minutes, you can always call 911.
- If you or your child have any prescriptions, it is advised you carry them with you at all times.
- Make extra copies of important keys.
- If you have a restraining order against an abuser, keep it with you.
- Keeping copies of your and your children’s birth certificates, social security cards and your driver’s license is also advised.
- Lock all windows and doors in your home, especially when you are alone.
- Use an answering machine to screen phone calls.
These are just a few of the ways survivors can protect themselves from any further abuse. And remember: even if an abuser has never been physically violent, when a victim begins making moves to remove him or herself from the situation, an abuser’s tactics often become more frequent and aggressive.
Here are some additional safety tips. If you or someone you know may be experiecing domestic abuse, please call our 24-hour free and confidental hotline at 1-800-547-1649.
The school supply checklist seems to get longer every year, and while buying school supplies is no big deal for some families, for others, the supply list tests their budget. HAWC has been addressing this critical need by supporting our families and creating a culture of academic success by collaborating with our local community for over thirty years. Families, youth, businesses and community members have come together to donate necessary school supplies.
Through the years churches, families and civic organizations have done their part and have organized back to school drives. These supplies have served a 100 plus families each year and have made sure kids are ready for school. Parents have been supported by knowing that they will be providing for their children and have them ready for school.
As students start the school year, we will continue to collect supplies for our families through the beginning of September. We appreciate all the contributions that have already come in and the ones still arriving. We never know what kind of help a family may need when they seek our services. Some may have left everything behind while others may need just a little help. Providing assistance around back-to-school supplies is one of the many ways that HAWC supports individuals and their children experiencing domestic violence. If you are interested in becoming more involved with HAWC please visit our website at www.hawcdv.org
HAWC’s 22nd Walk was May 4, 2014 and we are so grateful for all the people that came out to support! This year we had over a 1,000 staff, volunteers and walkers. The energy of the day was amazing. A True Family Affair DJ blasted tunes all day and was our MC. We had face painting from Crystalline Body Art and they were quite artist. We had three individuals being “Living Statues” from the Griffin Theatre there was great fun going on with unbelievable photo opts. Mamadou was there with some amazing drummers keeping the energy high. Shimmy Mob had mini dancing classes going on. Spa Tech Institute offered soothing massages for all the walkers. The Salem YMCA Glee Club sang a capella as they walked the route and brought smiles to all. The children’s activities table was hopping with hula hoops, bubbles other fun! Then to kick off Walk we had Zumba! We had about 50 corporate sponsorships and 500 donors supporting our fundraisers. We appreciate all the support and funds raised as they will truly make a difference to families served by HAWC.
As an anti-oppression agency that offers comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, HAWC is supporting the worldwide human rights movement of the White Ribbon Campaign. This campaign engages men to help end violence against women, men, LGBTQ and children. HAWC is partnering with Salem City Hall and the Salem No Place for Hate Committee to spread awareness and support March 3th through March 6th which will end with ceremony at the State House. HAWC will have about 500 white ribbons available to hand out at our office sites next week for anyone who wants them.
“Part of the No Place for Hate Committee’s mission is to mobilize citizens to challenge bigotry and violence, and to promote a prejudice-free community in Salem,” said No Place for Hate Committee Chair Scott Weisberg. “We feel this campaign aligns perfectly with our Committee’s purpose and are proud to work with HAWC and Mayor Driscoll in promoting White Ribbon Day in the City of Salem.”
If you are interested in learning more visit the White Ribbon Campaign Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/White-Ribbon-Day-MA/281179841376
“Whether or not you have been directly impacted, we are all affected by violence.”
This week 6 volunteers and 3 staff completed HAWC’s 45 hour anti-oppression domestic violence training which teaches about our multicultural, diverse and inclusive services. This training aims to educate participants on societal oppression and privileges that are happening around us everyday. One particular myth the training speaks to ‘is that anyone can succeed if they just work hard enough’. This theory totally denies the impact of oppressions and/or privileges on a person’s chance for success, and pretends that every individual, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc., has the same access to the rights, benefits and responsibilities of society. The training continues to discuss topics such as racism, LGBTQ, and immigration these sessions among others are designed to educate staff, volunteers and interns about their own bias and privileges. The sessions also cover advocacy tools such as active listening, high risk assessment, and safety along with HAWC services. HAWC offers the training three times a year February, June and September. All applicants must complete an application which can be downloaded from our website and come in for an interview. The screening process starts with our application and follows through our training. Not all applicants who complete an interview or complete our training will continue on as a volunteer. We have high standards for all our volunteers as they will be supporting individuals through very difficult situations.
Please join us on Tuesday, February 18 from 5-8 PM at the Stonewood Tavern, 139 Lynnfield St., Peabody.
The Stonewood will donate 20% of the food sales to HAWC between the hours of 5-8. There will be a raffle to win a gift certificate as well. This is a great chance for community members to meet staff, board members, and volunteers in a comfortable, relaxed environment. So, please consider helping us promote by inviting anyone you would like to introduce to HAWC – potential volunteers, board members, or donors.
Thank you for all your support
Please RSVP to Maryanne, our Development Assistant, at email@example.com
As an anti-oppression agency that offers comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, HAWC is supporting the global activist movement of V-Day. Violence is a global problem that affects men, women, LGBTQ and children. One out of fourteen men has been physically assaulted by an intimate partner. 1 in 4 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer people is abused by their partner. ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. On February 14, 2014, HAWC will join the City of Gloucester with activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and men, women, LGBTQ and children across the world as we express their outrage, demand change; strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women, men, LGBTQ and children suffer, demanding an end at last to violence.
Please join us at 12:15 pm on February 14, 2014 at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Park at 101 Main Street, Gloucester. If you are unable to join us on Main Street, please take a moment to stand up in your workplace in silence and in solidarity on Thursday, February 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm for the millions of individuals across the world who are impacted by violence. Ask your friends and colleagues to join you.
2013 Holiday Program was met with huge success serving approximately 500 individuals. HAWC started receiving donations just after Thanksgiving some of the gifts included: sports equipment and apparel, educational toys/ games and arts & crafts, jewelry, cosmetics, clothing and winter jackets. We also received a number of gift cards empowering our parents to be able to buy specific gifts for their children.
The donations came from individuals, private business, civic organizations, community groups, and schools from all over Massachusetts. Some of the donors included:
- Disabled American Veterans of Swampscott
- Lynn English High school Junior USMC ROTC Cadets
- Danvers High School
- Seacoast Quilt Guild
- W.B. Mason Co.
- Johnson O’Conner Feron & Carucci LLP
- Marblehead Fire Department
- Among others
We really appreciate the support of the community and have some much gratitude for all the donations that were brought to HAWC this holiday season.
We are thrilled to share that Healthy Hound Doggie Daycare has started a promotion to support HAWC. They have committed to donate 20% of doggie services from now until 12/31/13. In addition their portrait program will donate 25% of the sitting fee from now until 12/31/13. Looking for some quality services for dog or really want that portrait of you and your best friend. Check out Healthy Hound Doggie Daycare.
“We are a new doggie daycare truly committed to the health, happiness and well being of your precious pooch. Our philosophy is one of transparency in which your pets are treated with the same love and care we provide to our own family members. Fully bonded and insured, we take great pride in our business and welcome the opportunity to give you a pre scheduled tour. We are quickly gaining a reputation as one of the north shore’s best doggie daycares. Come see why!”
For more information about visit their website http://www.healthyhoundsdoggiedaycare.com/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/healthyhoundsdoggiedaycare
Sephora’s Values Inside Out program matches Sephora Stores with local non-profits. Each store chooses a charity it feels passionate about and helps that charity by providing funds, raising awareness and volunteering. We are thrilled and honored that the Sephora staff at the North Shore Mall in Peabody, MA chose HAWC as their non-profit to support.
On June 1, 2013, the Sephora store at the North Shore Mall in Peabody started their promotion to support HAWC. They have committed to give a $13 donation from every $20 Values Inside Out (VIO) bag sold until 12/31/13, while supplies last.
The VOI bag includes:
- glitter eye liner,
- lip gloss, and
- nail polish.
Sephora has been a tremendous help to the community by sharing HAWC information to their customers and volunteering at our recent Walk for HAWC—providing face painting to children. The VIO donations will support HAWC’s mission to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression.
Please keep these amazing promotions in mind when you are holiday shopping this season.