Since opening our doors in 1982, we have helped approximately 1,200 - 1,400 adults and children each year move from crisis to safety and long-term independence.
If you or someone you care about needs to leave an unhealthy relationship or are simply seeking more information about domestic violence, we have programs to meet your individual needs. In addition to advocacy, clinical and legal services are available to survivors free of charge.
Our trained professional advocates can provide assistance with safety planning and basic needs in times of crisis.
Advocacy and Support
Our highly trained advocates provide safe, confidential support. They will discuss your situation with you and outline the options available to you. They are also available to help you stabilize your housing and finances; provide emergency financial assistance; assist with budgeting; and help you determine what your next steps should be, and how they can support you in that process.
We offer weekly support groups to help survivors of domestic violence realize they are not alone, begin the process of healing, and learn from the experiences of others.
We offer Wellness Workshops throughout the year to provide education and information about budgeting, stress reduction, self-esteem and self-care.
We offer free childcare during any appointment or group.
Rapid Response Teams
We partner with law enforcement in Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury to provide survivors with immediate assistance following a call to the police for help. They are available to respond at night and on weekends if survivors need help applying for a civil restraining order.
Legal Representation and Assistance
Comprehensive legal services empower survivors in ways that other services cannot. Volunteer advocates and our staff attorney assist in the courts with a wide variety of legal matters such as divorce, custody, visitation, child support, housing and immigration. The Center’s volunteer court advocates are located at the Newburyport District Court, five days a week, to answer questions, explain the civil restraining order process, help file abuse prevention orders, and conduct safety planning.
We provide safe, temporary apartments for a limited number of families for up to two years. We also offer short-term rental assistance for families in need, as well as support services to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
The Children's Safety Project
We provide safe, supportive interventions for child survivors of domestic violence. Working to break the cycle of violence, we provide clinical assessment and evaluation, individual counseling and family therapy, as well as educational and therapeutic groups and programs for children and adolescents.
The Family Safety Project
We facilitate educational intervention for men who are—or have been—violently abusive in intimate relationships. Our main objective is the safety of the partners and ex-partners of the men in our program. We also monitor participants’ behavior and collaborate with the courts, police, and protective service agencies to hold abusers accountable for their actions. This is a court-ordered, 40-week program that is paid for by the participants.